Washington state Democrats to Dennis Kucinich: Don’t run here

By David Edwards
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 16:43 EDT
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Most voters in Washington state say Rep. Dennis Kucinich isn’t welcome there if the Republican-controlled House decides to abolish his Ohio district.

A recent survey (PDF) by the Democratic Public Policy Polling firm found that only 12 percent of voters in Washington wanted Kucinich to run, compared with 39 percent who said he should not.

Among Democrats, 35 percent say he should not run, while 22 percent said he should. Thirty-eight percent of Republicans and 46 percent of independents are also opposed.

On the bright side, 33 percent of Democrats have a favorable opinion of the congressman, while only 19 percent had a unfavorable opinion. Overall, 19 percent of voters viewed Kucinich favorably.

The former Democratic presidential candidate was in Seattle Saturday to help protest government policies that laid off teachers while favoring financial institutions.

“I think the issues that I speak about in terms of economic and social justice and peace and environmental quality are things that concern people all over the country, and I am grateful to be here with people of like mind,” he said.

Kucinich was in Washington again Sunday, but he insisted he wasn’t there looking for votes.

“I’m not here as a candidate, I want to make that clear,” he told Democrats at a fundraiser in the 32nd Legislative District.

The PPP survey of 1,098 Washington voters was conducted between May 12 and May 15. It has a margin of error of +/- three percent.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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