Chamber poll shows enormous voter frustration in Seattle

Nov 1, 2021
Written by John Engber, Retail Industry Coalition of Seattle Director

A newly released poll shows huge voter dissatisfaction with the Seattle City government’s handling of homelessness, public safety, among other issues.

A full 68% of Seattle voters believe that “things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track.” An even large share (76%) believe that things are worse today in Seattle than they were 4 years ago. The poll found that 60% of respondents have considered moving out of Seattle, driven by concerns about the “cost of living/housing” (23%) and “crime/public safety” (22%).

Next week, Seattle voters will elect a new Mayor, City Attorney, and Councilmember for Position 9. In addition, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is seeking reelection to Position 8. Does the voter unhappiness revealed by this poll mean that voters will elect candidates who will take the city government in a new direction? Stay tuned!