A poll released July 29th, 2018 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.
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.