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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Gregoire climbs in both SurveyUSA and Strategic Vision polls, but discrepancy remains

It's once again time to compare new polling data from polling firms SurveyUSA (neutral) and Strategic Vision (a Republican outfit). The numbers have changed in both polls, and the news isn't good for Republicans.

In SurveyUSA's poll, of 600 adults, conducted May 15th, Gregoire climbed to a 50% approval rating, up from 48% last month. (44% disapproved, 6% were unsure). This is the third consecutive month that her approval ratings have increased in the SurveyUSA poll.

The Strategic Vision poll, which surveyed 800 likely Washingtonian voters, was conducted May 19th-21st and found that 39% of voters approved of Gregoire's job performance (up just a little from 38% last month) while 51% disapproved. (9% were unsure).

The Strategic Vision disapproval rating is almost an exact opposite of the SurveyUSA approval rating, which is indeed interesting. The discrepancy between the two polls has remained, as we predicted, and again we have to ponder if Strategic Vision's poll is somewhow weighted against Governor Gregoire.

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