KCTS 9 Washington state poll results


Obama leads at 51.8 percent to Romney’s 41.3 percent

Majority of state voters lean towards approving same-sex marriage and legalizing marijuana.

Inslee and McKenna in dead heat.


SEATTLE—With 20 days to go until the November 6 election, the first results of the KCTS 9 Washington poll indicate that the candidates for Washington State governor are in a dead heat with Jay Inslee at 47.9% and Rob McKenna at 44.7%. Voters are leaning toward approving Referendum 74 (same sex marriage) and Initiative 502 (legalizing marijuana), Incumbent U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell has a comfortable lead (58.3%) over her opponent Michael Baumgartner (34.8%), and Obama is leading at 51.8% to Romney’s 41.3%.

The KCTS 9 Washington Poll is a comprehensive, scientific poll covering the major races and issues on the November ballot, including President of the United States, Washington’s Governor’s and U.S. Senate races, Initiative 502 (legalizing marijuana), Initiative 1185 (tax increases), Initiative 1240 (charter schools), and Referendum 74 (same-sex marriage). Polling for the KCTS 9 Washington Poll was conducted between October 1 – 16, 2012. The poll sampled 782 registered voters and has a +/- 3.5% margin of error.

Some KCTS 9 Washington Poll Highlights

U.S. President

  • Barack Obama (D)              51.8%
  • Mitt Romney (R)                 41.3%
  • Gary Johnson (L)                  1.3%
  • Jill Stein (G)                         0.3%
  • Other                                 1.4%
  • Undecided                           3.9%


Washington Governor

  • Jay Inslee (D)                    47.9%
  • Rob McKenna (R)                44.7%
  • Undecided                           7.4%


U.S. Senate – Washington

  • Maria Cantwell (D)              58.3%
  • Michael Baumgartner (R)     34.8%
  • Undecided                           6.9%


Referendum 74 – Marriage Equality

  • Yes                                  56.3%
  • No                                   35.6%
  • Undecided                           6.1%


Initiative 502 – Legalizing and Regulating Marijuana

  • Yes                                  50.9%
  • No                                   40.8%
  • Undecided                           8.3%


Initiative 1185 – 2/3 Majority to Raise Taxes

  • Yes                                  53.6%
  • No                                   31.2%
  • Undecided                         15.2%


Initiative 1240 – Charter Schools

  • Yes                                  47.5%
  • No                                   39.2%
  • Undecided                         13.3%


For complete KCTS 9 Washington Poll results including information about the issues that are important to Washington state voters, results about how voters feel about the Washington state legislature and U.S. Congress, whether voters support a state tax on the wealthy, and whether people think things here in Washington state are going in the right direction, visit or

Polling will continue and additional results will be presented at a press conference on Friday, November 2 at KCTS 9 with University of Washington Political Science professors Matt A. Barreto, Ph.D. and Christopher Parker, Ph.D., and KCTS 9 broadcast journalist Enrique Cerna. Following the press conference, interviews will be available.

For regional and national election coverage, visit


About the KCTS 9 Washington Poll

Prof. Matt A. Barreto, Department of Political Science at UW, is the Director of the KCTS 9 Washington Poll. The poll is implemented at the Center for Survey Research at the UW, a research center in the deparment of Political Science, under the director of Prof. Christopher Parker. The poll is conducted among registered voters, using a Washington state voter list, and telephone interviewing is administered by live callers, calling both landlines and cell phones.  To learn more, visit


About KCTS 9

KCTS 9 brings quality public television programming to 2.6 million viewers each week in Western and Central Washington State, British Columbia and across Canada. To watch or learn more about any of our programs, visit


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