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WA Poll: Inslee’s disapproval rating higher than approval rating

Gov. Jay Inslee’s approval rating has dropped to 47% among Washington voters, according to the WA poll.

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee’s disapproval rating is now higher than his approval rating, according to WA poll results released Friday.

Figures collected between July 6 and July 10 show that Inslee’s approval rating has dropped to 47%, while his disapproval rating has risen to 49%.

The WA survey was commissioned by KING 5, The Seattle Times, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, and Washington State University’s Murrow College of Communication, and conducted by SurveyUSA.

Approval and disapproval of the governor’s performance has strengthened along party lines since an earlier poll was commissioned by KING 5. Democratic approval of Inslee rose to 81% from 77% in November 2021. Republican disapproval of the governor rose to 83%, while GOP disapproval previously fluctuated between 71% and 75% in several polls over the last year. Independent voter opposition rose from 49% in 2021 to 61% in 2022.

Scott McClellan, political analyst for KING 5 and former White House press secretary for George W. Bush, linked Inslee’s approval rating to “national voter sentiment”, rising inflation and approval ratings for President Joe Biden.

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McClellan also noted that Inslee’s decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic sparked strong reactions.

“We know that steps he’s taken to protect Washingtonians during the pandemic have certainly had an impact… Some people have been comfortable with that [his decisions], some people weren’t happy with them,” McClellan said. “And so it’s generated a certain passion on both sides, both those who support them and those who oppose them.”

Gary Locke, former Washington governor, US Secretary of Commerce under the Obama administration and political analyst for KING 5, noted that COVID fatigue and voter frustration over crime, homelessness and rising prices may culminate in Inslee’s lower approval rating.

“It’s very difficult for any person to address these issues,” Locke said. “Often, many of which are beyond their control, certainly at the local or state level, but nonetheless voters take it out on their elected officials. They have high expectations as they should. It’s a sobering reminder for elected officials to really try to speak out on the issues that concern ordinary people.”

President Joe Biden’s approval rating has also fallen at the national level. The WA poll shows that just 43% of Washington voters approve of the work Biden is doing as president, while 53% disapprove. Around 4% are unsure what they think of Biden’s job as president.

Biden’s approval rating is five percentage points lower than the November 2021 poll of Washington voters. Democratic approval improved by one percentage point to 79% in 2022. However, Republican disapproval has increased, with 91% disapproving of Biden, a significant increase of 78% in 2021.

The WA survey was commissioned by KING 5, The Seattle Times, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, and Washington State University’s Murrow College of Communication, and conducted by SurveyUSA. It surveyed 825 adults from July 6 to 10, 2022. Of these adults, 731 were registered voters. The survey represented Washington state’s demographics with 47% from the Seattle area, 32% from western Washington, and 21% from eastern Washington.

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