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Washington State Views on Political Figures, Race, Immigration and Voting Rights

November 2, 2016

In addition to their political views, the KCTS 9/Crosscut/Washington Poll also asked Washington State likely voters their view on many of the issues that are at the forefront of the 2016 Election. These questions ranged from how they perceive political figures, to race relations, to immigration.

Similarly to the results released earlier last week, the Puget Sound region leaned more liberal than Eastern Washington and the rest of the state. Participant's views also stayed, for the most part, along political party lines.

Presidential candidates

When asked about their views of the presidential candidates, more than half of all participants expressed an unfavorable view. 45 percent gave Clinton a very unfavorable rating, while 55.6 percent gave Donald Trump the same rating. When those numbers are broken down by political party, both candidates received more than 85 percent very unfavorable rating from participants of the opposing political party (Clinton: 89%; Trump: 87%). The survey did not ask views on third party candidates.

Favorability of presidential candidates remained mostly consistent across gender, education and race breakdowns. One significant difference was Trump's favorability with women. 61.8 percent responded with very unfavorable (men: 48.7%) while 9.7 responded with very favorable. The Washington Post released the infamous video of Trump talking about sexually harassing women to Billy Bush on October 7, just a day after polling started.

Race Relations

Race relations was also a divided issue. 36.3 percent had a favorable view of Black Lives Matter (very favorable: 12.3%; somewhat favorable: 24%). While 52.5 percent had an unfavorable view (very unfavorable: 37.3%; somewhat unfavorable: 15.2%). The Puget Sound region only had a 46 percent favorable view of Black Lives Matter (very: 17%; somewhat: 27%). That number dropped to 27 percent in Eastern Washington (very: 10%;somewhat: 17%).

Surprisingly, when broken down by race, white participants gave Black Lives Matter a more favorable view than non-white participants. 19.8 percent of white participants said they had a very favorable view, while 31% had a very unfavorable view (somewhat favorable: 23.9%; somewhat unfavorable: 10.3%). For non-white participants, 10.8 percent said very favorable, while 38.6% said very unfavorable (somewhat favorable: 24%; somewhat unfavorable: 16.2%).

Further questions about race relations also showed surprising results when broken down by race. When asked about kneeling during the national anthem, 40.4 percent on non-white participants said they strongly opposed it, with 20.1 percent of white participants giving the same answer. When asked whether race affects police use of deadly force, 60.5 percent of white participants said deadly force is most likely to be used against black people, 43 percent of non-white responded in the same way. A majority of non-white participates also said race has no affect on deadly force (52.8%) with only 37.8 percent of white participants responding the same way.


Immigration was a highly divided topic with responses spread almost equally among answers. Questions asking if they were concerned about immigrants refusing to follow American laws and whether they were changing American culture for the worse saw an almost equal distribution of responses. However, when asked about whether latino immigrants strengthen the economy, 71.8 percent said they did.

The full results of the KCTS 9/Crosscut/Washington Poll are below. Hover over each section of the total bar and pie charts to see the exact percentage. Read more information about the poll methodology here.

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Views on political figures

Views on Race

Views on immigration

Views on voting rights

Views on initiatives on the 2016 ballot

Views on other issues


1. The boundaries for each region are as follows:

  • Puget Sound = King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties
  • Eastern Washington = Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Adams, Spokane, Walla Walla and Yakima Counties
  • Rest of the state = Skagit, Whatcom, Jefferson, Kitsap Clark, Lewis, Thurston and Gray's Harbor Counties

2. Interviewees who initially answered 'Don't know' were pressed to choose a candidate. These answers were included in the 'lean' counts and tabulated to the totals.


Between 10/6 and 10/13, YouGov completed 750 interviews in the state of Washington. Respondents were matched to a sampling frame on gender, race, education, ideology and political interest. The sampling frame was constructed by stratified sampling from the full 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) sample with selection within strata by weighted sampling with replacements (using the person weights on the public use file). Data on voter registration status and turnout were matched to this frame using the November 2010 Current Population Survey (CPS). Data on interest in politics and party identification were then matched to this frame from the 2007 Pew Religious Life Survey. These matched cases were then weighted to the sampling frame using propensity scores. The matched cases and the frame were combined, and a logistic regression was estimated for inclusion in the frame. The propensity score function included age, race, gender, years of education, non-identification with a major party and ideology. The propensity scores were grouped into deciles of the estimated propensity score in the frame and post-stratified consistent with these deciles.

Racial composition: White = 83%; Black = 2%; Latino = 4%; Asian = 3%; Others = 8%
Region: Puget Sound = 50%; Eastern Washington = 19%; Rest of the state = 31%
Party identification: Democrat = 35%; Independent = 40%; Republican = 24%; Other = 1%
In the field: October 7-12
Completed interviews: N=750
Margin of error: 4.4%

For questions about the methodology, or content of the poll, please call Christopher Sebastian Parker, Ph.D.: 206.543.2947.

Joseph Liu

Joseph Liu is a hybrid journalist and developer, and uses the internet to tell stories. By using infographics, data visualizations and games, he brings a new dimension to video and text.  Before coming to KCTS 9, Joseph Liu worked at the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post.

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