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What do you consider rich?

The Washington Poll, which is discussed in greater detail elsewhere on the website, had a question that says a lot about all of us. When 500 voters were asked how they define “rich,” they had a wide range of answers.

For 3 percent, rich could be less than $100,000.
For 16 percent, it was $100,000 to $199,999.
For 22 percent, it was $200,000 to $299,999.
For 10 percent it was $300,000 to $499,999.
For 23 percent it was $500,000 to $1 million.
For 15 percent it was more than $1 million.

The rest either didn’t know, or wouldn’t answer.

Professor Matt Barreto of the University of Washington said rich is a relative concept. People rarely consider themselves rich and often feel strapped regardless of their income because expenses rise to meet (or exceed) income. It’s almost always someone else who makes more than they do.

So if you were asked, what would you say should be considered “rich”?

Poll roundup in the Senate race

Three polls of Washington’s U.S. Senate race released in the last 24 hours have different numbers, but actually conclude the same thing: The race is very close.

Rasmussen Research late Thursday had the race at 47 percent Dino Rossi, 46 percent Patty Murray. It’s a survey of 750 voters, has a margin of error of 4 percent. So in other words, it’s tied, although Rasmussen notes that Murray was up 49-46 in a similar poll last week.

Also on Thursday, SurveyUSA had the race in an actual tie at 47 all in a poll it did for KingTV.  It’s a survey of 678 voters, with a margin of 3.8 percent.

At noon today, the Washington Poll, conducted by the University of Washington, had two figures from two sets of 500 voter surveys. For all voters, they  have the race at 49 percent Murray 45 percent Rossi; among likely voters, they have it at 51 percent Murray, 45 percent Rossi. Their margin of error is 4.3 percent for each of the 500-person surveys.

More on the Washington Poll results, which asked about issues important to voters, later on Spin Control and Sunday morning in The Spokesman-Review.

WA Poll: Tea Party fans unhappy with gov, Lege, support McKenna

People who strongly support the Tea Party are likely to strongly not suport the jobs that Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Legislature are doing, the health care reforms passed by Congress or the way things are going in the state in general, the Washington Poll reports.

They do support Attorney General Rob McKenna suing to overturn some of federal health care reforms, Dino Rossi or any Republican over incumbent Sen. Patty Murray and requiring a two-thirds vote to raise any taxes.

New survey results from The Washington Poll, which did interviews with 1,695 voters last month, suggest that there’s not much difference between those who strongly support the Tea Party, and people who  identify themselves as Republicans. Nearly two thirds of those who identified themselves as Republicans said they either strongly approved or somewhat approved of the movement, while only 8 percent said they strongly or somewhat disapproved. (The rest said they had no opinon or never heard of the movement.)

The numbers were almost completely reversed for Democrats, with 8 percent either strongly or somewhat approving, and 64 percent somewhat or strongly disapproving. The independents were more evenly split, with 38 percent voicing some level of approval, 32 percent some disapproval, and 29 percent in the No opinion/never heard of columns.

Tea Party supporters tend to be much stronger in Eastern Washington, where almost half the respondents said they either “strongly approve” or “somewhat approve” of the movement.

Researchers for the University of Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality also compared the response of different blocks of Tea Party sentiment to the survey as a whole, and found those who “strongly support” the group were much more likely than other groups, or respondents as a whole, to say the state was on the wrong track, give Gregoire and the Legislature a thumbs down or McKenna’s lawsuit a thumbs up.

More on the poll inside the blog

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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