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New Crosscut/Elway poll: WA voters say economy biggest concern

The Washington Legislature is back in session. and a new Elway/Crosscut poll reveals voter priorities.

The latest Crosscut/Elway poll in Washington State reveals that the economy (cost of living/inflation) is the greatest concern of Evergreen State residents and they do not appear happy with third-term Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee’s job performance.

Of interest to the state’s gun owners is that gun control is more than halfway down the list of important issues, while 54 percent say they would still favor a ban on the sale of so-called “high capacity magazines” while 44 percent oppose such a prohibition. While 33 percent “strongly favor” such a ban, “34 percent “strongly oppose” the idea.

Elsewhere in the survey, a plurality (48%) say “Most of the economic problems are the result of government policies and won’t change until we change the political leadership.”

Yet, 42 percent say they will vote for Democrats while 39 percent say they will vote for Republicans, with a significant 19 percent saying they have not yet decided for whom they will vote. The state has been controlled by Democrats for several years, so this suggests Washington voters have a problem understanding how the state got into its current situation, who is responsible and how they can change course.

By the same measure, 42 percent say they will vote to re-elect U.S. Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat, while 39 percent will vote for a Republican challenger and 19 percent remain undecided.

Also telling is that 38 percent say they live in a household as a couple with no children and 23 percent are single with no children at home.

And, if they were required to register with a political party, 36 percent would register as Democrats, 29 percent as Republicans and 27 percent as Independents.

The poll also asked about vaccine mandates. Fifty-two percent oppose a proposal that the federal government require private businesses mandate vaccination for all employees, while 45 percent favor such requirements.

Again, the survey results suggest Washingtonians may be stubbornly consistent with their political choices, but they may not have a clue how to make things better.

Thirty-two percent told Elway the economy is their top priority for legislative attention now that state lawmakers are back in session. Another 23 percent say the coronavirus remains a top legislative priority, while 21 percent think social issues (homelessness/mental health) should also be on the table this session.

Only 8 percent think education and the environment should get the attention of lawmakers.

Yet anti-gun Democrats already held hearings on three gun control bills and they are looking at more gun legislation held over from 2021.

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