Seattle's public campaign financing measure has a tapdancing snowman's chance in hell of passing this November, according to a recent SurveyUSA poll, and even though only 32 percent of respondents said they'd vote for Mike McGinn for mayor (52 percent went with Murray), more people approve of the job our current mayor is doing than approve of our city council. Ouch.
Those are just a few of the takeaways from the SurveyUSA poll of 557 likely Seattle voters conducted for KING5, the full scope of which has been released. The poll reveals that only 28 percent of respondents approve of the job our current city council is doing—compared to McGinn's 36 percent approval rating—and a whopping 45 percent disapprove of our city council (27 percent were unsure how they felt). Despite that, a measly 15 percent said they planned on voting for Proposition 1, the public campaign financing measure that would encourage more people to run for city council by lowering the costly hurdle of running a campaign (here's why that's important). Forty-three percent or respondents said they planned to vote against the measure, and 42 percent were undecided, which speaks to the campaign's lack of funding and ability to reach voters with its message.
What about districts, you ask? It fairs better in the poll. Thirty percent of respondents said they'd vote for Charter Amendment 19, which would create seven city council districts in Seattle (leaving two at-large districts). Meanwhile, 14 percent said they planned to vote against the measure and a whopping 56 percent of people said they were undecided. Obviously, that's not enough to guarantee the measure's passage. "Since ballot measures coast-to-coast (not just in the city of Seattle) almost always underperform their poll support levels, it is unclear whether Charter Amendment 19 has enough momentum to pass," the SurveyUSA poll notes. "The measure could go either way."
What the silly fuck, Seattle? If you're really that dissatisfied with the job our city council members are doing, you should start supporting the measures we have on the ballot that could inject some new competition into their races.
Or I suppose if research is simply too much a burden for you, wait until tomorrow, when our endorsement issue hits the streets, and vote how we tell you.