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January 11, 2010 at 6:35 PM

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Poll: Gregoire job approval lowest ever

Posted by Jim Brunner

A new Elway Poll finds Gov. Chris Gregoire's job-approval numbers have dipped to a new low.

The poll of 405 registered voters interviewed in late December found just 40 percent gave the governor a positive rating (saying she was doing a "good" of "excellent" job). That's the lowest in The Elway Poll since Gregoire took office in 2005.

The governor's negative job-approval rating (those who rated her "terrible" "only fair" or "poor") stands at 57 percent, the highest since she took office.

Pollster Stuart Elway, in an understatement, writes that the numbers "cannot be totally unexpected. The economy is terrible and voters are in a rather dour mood."

The only time Gregoire's positive job ratings were worse (36%) were before she took office following the controversial election of 2004, Elway noted. The governor's ratings rose through her first two terms in office and leveled off at 50 percent.

"Her high water mark came during the election year of 2008, but have been underwater ever since she was re-elected. Her ratings have drifted further downward as 2010 dawned -- a net shift of minus 7 points since last June" Elway notes.

The poll has a 5 percent margin of error at the 95 percent level of confidence. (In pollster speak, that means that, in theory, if the same survey were conducted 100 times, the results would be within 5 points of the results reported at least 95 times.)

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