New gubernatorial poll shows Inslee widening lead over GOP challengers
The latest polling for Washington’s gubernatorial race shows incumbent Jay Inslee continuing to hold a wide lead over each of his main Republican opponents.
The KING 5/SurveyUSA poll surveyed a “cross-section” of 675 Washington adults online with questions from KING 5’s editorial staff, asking them who they’d vote for in head-to-head matchups between Inslee and each of the six leading GOP challengers. Of the total respondents, 555 were registered voters.
Matched up against anti-tax activist Tim Eyman, Inslee led 62% to 31%, a 2% increase for the governor since the last SurveyUSA poll taking in late May. Against late-surging Tri-Cities physician Dr. Raul Garcia, Inslee led 60% to 32%. Garcia wasn’t included in the previous poll.
The gap between Inslee and both Republican Sheriff Loren Culp and state Sen. Phil Fortunato sat at 61% to 32%, respectively, an increase of 5% for Inslee in both races since May’s poll. Pitted against former Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed, the governor opened up a 60% to 31% lead, an increase of 4%.
KING 5’s poll also asked respondents how they planned to vote in the November presidential election; 62% said they intended to vote for Joe Biden, while 28% chose incumbent President Donald Trump. According to SurveyUSA’s data, Trump is polling worse in Washington state than any other Republican presidential candidate in 108 years.
If this polling translates to November’s results, it would represent Gov. Inslee’s largest margin of victory since taking office. In 2012, he edged out former state Attorney General Rob McKenna 51% to 48%. He won reelection in 2016 over challenger Bill Bryant by a 54% to 45% margin.
A recent Crosscut/Elway poll looking to predict the results of the August primary had Inslee garnering 46% of the vote among 402 respondents, with the next highest total held by Culp at 14%, followed by Garcia at 6%. Trailing close behind in order were Freed (5%), Eyman (4%), and Fortunato (2%). Combined, votes for Republican candidates comprised 31% of responses in Crosscut’s poll, a number roughly in line with the head-to-head matchups played out by SurveyUSA.