KING 5 poll finds 1st district living up to 'swing' label

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by ROBERT MAK / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:44 AM

With just two weeks before votes are counted, a new KING 5 News poll finds the race for Congress in Washington's 1st District is too close to call, with Democrat Suzan Delbene at 47 percent and Republican John Koster at 44 percent --within the survey's margin of error.

The poll, conducted by SurveyUSA for KING 5, finds voters give Koster a slight edge on the economy (44 percent to 41 percent), but say Delbene better reflects their views on social issues (47 percent to 39 percent).  But when asked which issue is the most important in deciding a congressional race, voters overwhelmingly said the economy (52 percent vs. 25 percent for social issues).

Delbene, a former high-tech executive at Microsoft and drugstore.com, gets a very slight edge when voters are asked which candidate would better represent the high-tech industry (39 percent to 36 percent). Meanwhile, Koster, a former dairy farmer, is viewed by more voters as a candidate who would better represent the interests of rural voters (46 percent to 31 percent).

The 1st District was redrawn this year to be a swing district -- where neither party holds an edge in voter registration. The KING 5 poll finds President Obama ahead slightly but within the margin of error in the 1st District (48 percent to 45 percent), but Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna leading by 8 points over Democrat Jay Inslee (50 percent to 42 percent).

The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 4 percent. SurveyUSA contacted 610 likely Washington voters between Oct. 19 and Oct. 21.

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