Washington Voters’ Perceptions of the Republican Gubernatorial Drought


January 24, 2013

In a recent survey of Washington voters we asked respondents which of two views best describes why they think voters in the state have not elected a Republican governor since 1980.  We found that voters are more likely to attribute the drought to the GOP’s policies favoring big business and the rich than they are a Conservative social agenda. Specifically, 40% of the state’s voters believe “the Republican Party too often puts forward policies that help big business and the rich,” while 31% say the party “has become too focused on pushing Conservative social issues.” The remaining 29% have no opinion.

Why Hasn’t Washington Elected a Republican Governor in Over 30 Years?

“Here are two points of view as to why the Republican Party has not elected a governor in Washington State since 1980. Which of these two views is closer to your own?

The Republican Party has become too focused on pushing Conservative social issues,

OR

The Republican Party too often puts forward policies that help big business and the rich instead of backing policies to help average Washington workers and families?”

Looking at party ID, we find that Democrats and Independents/others are more likely to be turned off by the GOP’s big business policies than their Conservative social agenda, but this sentiment is most widespread among Democrats; the majority of Democrats say the GOP helps big business and the rich, and a plurality of Independents/others feel this way.  There is no consensus on the issue among Republicans.

Why Hasn’t Washington Elected a Republican Governor in Over 30 Years?

Reactions by Party ID

Sentiment among Washington voters on this question is yet another indication that the Republican Party has a lot of work to do. For further analysis on the 2012 election and where the Republicans go from here, check out Hans Kaiser’s essay, “America is Changing,” available on our website:  http://www.moore-info.com/my_polls/america-is-changing/

Please let us know if you have questions.

The survey was conducted via landline and cellular telephone, with live interviews among a representative sample of 500 registered voters statewide in Washington, January 10 and 12, 2013.  The sampling error is plus or minus 5% at the 95% confidence level.

 


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