The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

19 October 2006

SurveyUSA: 8th district still a barnburner

The 8th Congressional district is still tight according to a SurveyUSA poll released yesterday. It shows incumbent Rep. Dave Reichert [R-Auburn] leading opponent Darcy Burner [D-Carnation] by a margin of 50 to 47, virtually unchanged since their poll in late September where Reichert "led" 50-48. Both of these lie easily within the margin of error of 4.7%. Intriguing demographics from poll crosstabs include:

-Gender gap: Reichert wins men by 18 points, Burner wins women by 13 points.
-Partisan sampling: 39R/38D/22I, Burner wins self-described Independents 52-42, as well as self-described moderates, by 56-43.
-Bush approval: Reichert retains 21% who disapprove of President Bush's performance, contrasted with only 3% approving Bush in support of Burner.


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