By Chris Caillier, campaign staffer for Doug Cloud
On Thursday the Cloud for Congress Campaign received the newest poll results, which legitimized what they knew all along. “We are winning this election and the momentum has been building for our team the last few weeks. Our message is obviously resonating with the voters and they will not stand for the status quo,” Doug Cloud reasoned after viewing the newest poll results from Wenzel Strategies, a respected national polling company out of Ohio.
The most notable results in the poll came in the question that asked “If the election for the United States Congress were today and the candidates were Republican Doug Cloud and Democrat Norm Dicks, for whom would you vote?” The answer options were “definitely for Cloud, leaning for Cloud, definitely for Dicks, leaning for Dicks, and not sure”. Doug Cloud received a combined 609 votes for “definitely for” and “leaning for” while Dicks only received 558 for the 2 answers. 95 were still unsure.
Another question in the poll supports Cloud’s belief that voters are disenchanted with the entrenched incumbent Norm Dicks. The question asks “The current Congressional representative for this district is Democrat Norm Dicks. Do you think he deserves to be re-elected, or is it time for someone new?” 53% of the people polled said that they were either definitely voting for someone else or considering it.
“This is the year that people want real, earth-shaking change. They will not put up with the lack luster, corrupt Congress that we have come to know and Norm Dicks is the biggest offender! The newest poll now clearly shows that the political tide has changed and we are in the midst of a historic election,” Cloud explained.
The poll was conducted with 1,262 likely voters in a cross section of District counties, with polling percentages equal to the actual percentage of votes cast in that county. Wenzel Strategies out of Toledo, OH conducted the polling via telephone on October 18th and 19th, 2010. Margin of error is a +/- 2.72 percentage points.