The results of a Seattle primary election poll show a plurality of undecided voters in the mayoral race with Bruce Harrell leading, followed by Mr. Lorena González and Colleen Echohawk.
The poll of 617 Seattle residents likely to vote in the first two August 3 primaries was conducted online earlier this week by Change Research on behalf of the Northwest Progressive Institute and was not linked to any candidate or action committee. Politics.
The poll, with a reported 4.3% margin of error, presented respondents with the names of all the candidates on the ballot and asked them who they were voting for. Respondents who initially said they were undecided were again asked to try to make a choice; some did, while others remained undecided. The primary ballots were mailed out this week.
There are 15 candidates for the mayor of Seattle on the ballot. In the NPI poll, 32% of respondents were undecided; 20% chose Harrell, a former chairman of the city council; 12% chose González, the current chairman of the board; and 10% chose Echohawk, who until recently ran the Chief Seattle Club.
Harrell did better with older voters, while González did better with younger voters, according to NPI. Former State Representative Jessyn Farrell and architect Andrew Grant Houston each took 6%.
The NPI poll results indicate potential problems for outgoing three-term city attorney, Pete Holmes, although 53% of respondents are undecided. Holmes got 16%. Challengers Nicole Thomas-Kennedy, a former public defender, and Ann Davison, a lawyer who ran for lieutenant governor last year as a Republican, each took 14%.
In the race for position 8 on city council, incumbent Teresa Mosqueda led with 26% and 55% of respondents undecided. Among the 10 challengers, designer Kate Martin is doing the best, with 6%.
Position 9 on the board is an open race as González leaves the seat. In the NPI poll, educator and lawyer Nikkita Oliver led the way with 26%, followed by Sara Nelson with 11% and Brianna Thomas with 6%, while 50% of respondents were undecided.
Although many respondents to the NPI poll were undecided, 88% said they would definitely vote in the primary.
NPI works in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The nonprofit political advocacy organization, which seeks to build support “for causes such as income reform and public transit for all,” has already released polls. Change Research is a California-based utility company that has performed work across the country.