Politics Rumors of a Poll in the 43rd District
Local political gadfly and music industry impresario Dave Meinert is down in our comments spreading word of a poll — a real, honest to goodness poll! — that he says has recently been conducted regarding the state house race in Seattle’s 43rd District.
Other comment denizens are skeptical, and they accuse Meinert, a Jim Street backer, of spreading pro-Jim-Street propaganda. But I just got off the phone with Meinert and he says it’s true. He was forwarded the poll results, he says, by a friend whose confidence he can’t break (although he’s asked for permission to divulge the poll’s source and is currently waiting to hear back). Meanwhile, here are the results Meinert claims to have seen:
No word on the poll’s margin of error, its methodology, or when it was conducted. And take note that 50 percent of respondents in the poll were apparently undecided.
The prime polling suspects would be Jamie Pedersen and Jim Street, both of whom have the biggest war chests in this race. But Meinert says it wasn’t either of them. That leaves Bill Sherman and Lynne Dodson as likely suspects, but I’ve spoken to representatives of both campaigns and they deny having a hand in any polling.
So who’s the mystery pollster in the 43rd District? Could Stephanie “Underdog” Pure or Dick “Campaign Finance Reform” Kelley really have scraped together enough cash for a poll? I highly doubt it, but I’ll check.
Meanwhile, let the wild speculation start…