Deep Difference in Mood Along the Cascade Curtain
New poll shows optimistic King County vs. pessimistic Eastern Washington
A new statewide Elway poll shows that voters' outlook has dipped in the last three moths after hitting a 10-year high in April.
The dip (1.98 to 1.34 on a four-point index measuring how people think things will go next year from "much better" to "much worse") isn't the real news here—the outlook is still rosy relatively speaking (the 10-year average is 1.21). What's noteworthy is the difference between voters in the King County area and voters in Eastern Washington.
Asked how they perceive things at the national, state, local, and household level, King County voters were upbeat at 2.6 with 71 percent saying "things were looking up for the state."
Compare that to Eastern Washington. Voters there came in at .47 on the scale with just 45 percent saying things were looking up.
The differences between Democrats and Republicans tacked to the geographical divide.
The proportion who thought things were getting better for the county included:
60% of Democrats, but only 31% of Republicans (64% of whom said things were getting worse);
Getting better in the state:
79% of Democrats, vs. 42% of Republicans (53% said “worse”);
Getting better “in your community”:
76% of Democrats, vs. 58% of Republicans
Getting better for you and your family:
77% of Democrats, vs. 64% of Republicans.