Voters with a preference choose Dorothy 2-to-1 over Republican incumbent

VANCOUVER, WASH. – A poll released Friday by the Dorothy for Congress campaign shows strong support for Dorothy among both self-identified independent voters and Democrats, and a definite preference for her over Jaime Herrera-Beutler, the Republican incumbent. 40 percent of respondents choose Dorothy vs only 15 for Jaime Herrera-Beutler with 44% undecided. Dorothy would only need to win a quarter of the undecided voters over in November for a win.

In particular, independent voters strongly preferred Dorothy over Herrera-Beutler 4 to 1, with Dorothy’s nearly 30 point margin over the incumbent, 39 to 10 percent, and exactly half polled said they remain undecided for the general election. Dorothy’s support among Democrats was overwhelming (70 percent to 2 percent over Herrera-Beutler, with 28 percent undecided), even 13 percent of Republicans polled said they would choose Dorothy Gasque over the incumbent.

Dorothy Gasque, an Iraq War veteran and Democratic candidate for the U.S. House seat for Washington’s Third District, said the numbers prove she is running a popular, non-polarizing campaign. The initial support from each group means that a smaller percentage of undecided votes are needed to win in November than other campaigns would experience. “This proves we have the best chance to win in this district,” she said.

The poll also asked respondents about which major issues concerned them most, with the stability of the Social Security system foremost in their minds. That was followed by campaign finance reform, health care and affordable housing. The poll was conducted from July 12th thru the 23rd and received responses from 520 random likely general election voters via landline telephone. Of the 520, 42 percent were self-described independent voters, 30 percent said they were Republicans, and 28 percent identified as Democrats. The poll has a margin of error of 4.2 percent, or a 95-percent confidence factor.

Dorothy said she was not surprised that poll respondents placed Social Security at the top of their list of issues. “In a landline-only poll, the demographic of the people contacted is going to skew a little older than average, and it’s interesting that even among older voters, Jaime Herrera-Beutler does not appear to have strong support,” she said. “This poll shows how our campaign is very appealing in a populist district like the Third Congressional District.”

Dorothy Gasque is running a grassroots, people-powered campaign that relies on small-dollar donors and volunteers. She said the best way Americans can secure a democratic process is to take big money out of the equation. “To build a more prosperous nation, we need to fight to ensure all the people have a share in the fruits of their labor, not just those that can afford lobbyists,” Dorothy said. “Together, we can take on big money and build a government that works for everyone, so that we can all realize the promise of America.”