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Washington Poll: Murray vs. Rossi

A poll released today gives Democratic U.S. Senator Patty Murray a slight lead over Republican Dino Rossi, who is expected to announce Wednesday he’ll run for the office.

According to the statewide poll, 44 percent of respondents said they supported Murray or leaned toward voting for her, compared to 40 percent for Rossi.


When asked if they’d vote for Patty Murray in the November election or a Republican candidate – without naming Rossi – 42 percent said Murray was their pick, while 39 percent would vote for any of the GOP challengers.

The Washington Poll of voter’s attitudes is a non-partisan academic project from the University of Washington. Researchers polled 1,252 registered voters.

On the issue of a state income tax, Initiative 1077, 58 percent said they would vote in favor of it, while 30 percent say “no” to the initiative.

The most important issue in the upcoming election, according to the survey is jobs and the economy, with 62 percent expressing that as a concern. Other issues, in order of importance for those polled are: health care reform, taxes, gay rights issues, education, the Iraq/Afghanistan war, transportation issues and the environment.

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