2008 Leaked Straw Poll: Who The Liberal State Party Activists Like for President.
posted by August 8 at 15:35 PMon
I was just slipped the results of a straw poll conducted by the Washington State Democrats at the end of June. The poll asked “party leaders” — that is, activists very involved in Washington State Democratic politics — who they want to be the Democratic presidential nominee.
Michael King, a spokesman for the state Democratic party, confirmed the poll’s authenticity for me. “This was totally unscientific, more for fun than anything else,” he said. “I wouldn’t necessarily give a ton of credence to it, but it kind of tells us where everyone is at.”
As for why the poll seems to show fractions of people voting for certain candidates (95.83 for Edwards, 62.33 for Obama), well, like King said, the poll was very unscientific. Some people were allowed to vote for more than one candidate. They gave responses such as “everybody” or “anybody but Bush.”
Still, as an unscientific gauge of where state party leaders are, it’s interesting and shows that Washington Democrats, as usual, are thinking a lot differently than Democrats in the nation as a whole.
When you’re talking about declared candidates (which means leaving Gore out), Democrats here like, in order of preference: Edwards, Obama, and then Clinton.
Recent national polls have it exactly the opposite way. Democrats in the nation as a whole like, in order of preference: Clinton, Obama, and then Edwards.
Also worth noting: When you stop factoring out the undeclared candidates, Gore beats Clinton among activists here.