Inslee has slight lead in new poll

Democratic candidate for governor Jay Inslee is leading his Republican opponent Rob McKenna by 3 points — 49 percent to 46 percent — according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.

The poll results were released Friday by Washington Conservation Voters.

The poll also found President Barack Obama with a large advantage over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Washington state. Obama leads Romney 54 percent to 44 percent in the Public Policy Polling survey.

The statewide poll was conducted from Oct. 31 to Nov 1.

A total of 549 likely voters were surveyed.

Approximately 41 percent of those polled identified themselves as Democrats, 30 percent said they were Republicans, and 29 percent said they were independent.

According to the poll, Inslee has favorability rating of 46 percent, with 42 percent having an unfavorable opinion of the former congressman.

Favorable and unfavorable opinions of McKenna, the state attorney general, were both 45 percent.

Broken down by gender, women polled had a higher favorability number for Inslee; 48 percent. McKenna's favorability with women was 39 percent.

McKenna scored better with men; 52 percent favorability, versus 44 percent for Inslee.

Washington Conservation Voters is backing Inslee for governor, and announced its endorsement in early October.

"Jay Inslee has the momentum headed into the critical last weekend," said Brendon Cechovic, executive director of Washington Conservation Voters, said of the poll results.

"The polling reflects what we've seen all along: Washington voters are embracing Jay's vision for job creation and a clean energy economy," he added. "In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Rob McKenna's plan to lower environmental standards now seems even more extreme to voters."


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