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March 29, 2011 at 11:43 AM

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Poll shows dissatisfaction with McGinn

Posted by Lynn Thompson

Two-thirds of Seattle voters give Mayor Mike McGinn a negative performance review, in a poll released Tuesday.

An Elway Poll of 405 Seattle voters showed that 66 percent of voters say McGinn's overall job performance is "fair" or "poor" while just 4 percent say he's doing an "excellent" job and 28 percent give him a "good" rating.

His worst showing came under the category of "leadership," with 69 percent responding negatively. His highest rating was for "vision," with 26 percent responding that he was doing a "good" or "fair" job.

The poll notes that McGinn's high-profile issues, notably his opposition to the deep-bore tunnel, has not helped his popularity.

"Supporters of McGinn's preferred alternative -- transit and surface streets -- make up only 22 percent of the voters. Significantly, even 54 percent of these gave him a negative job rating," the poll by Stuart Elway notes.

It concludes, "It is a bad sign when even most people who agree with McGinn on his core issues said he is doing a "poor" or "only fair" job as mayor.

The poll notes that this isn't unfamiliar territory for mayors. After nine months in office, Greg Nickels' job ratings were "underwater" with 53 percent of voters saying his performance was 'only fair' or 'poor.'

McGinn's highest ratings were from voters under 35 years old. In that group, 46 percent said he is doing an "excellent" or "good" job while 47 percent said "only fair" or "poor."

The poll of 405 Seattle voters was conducted March 22-25 and has a margin or error of five percentage points.

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