Poll: Don Young, longest-serving House member, trails Dem opponent by 1 point

Poll: Don Young, longest-serving House member, trails Dem opponent by 1 point

Alaska GOP Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungLive coverage: House elects new Speaker as Dems take charge Inside the Trump-Congress Christmas meltdown House GOP and Puerto Rico governor agree on statehood vote MORE is trailing his Democratic challenger Alyse Galvin by 1 percentage point for Alaska’s sole U.S. House seat, according to a new poll.

Galvin leads Young 49 to 48 percent among likely voters in the the Alaska Survey Research poll, with 3 percent of respondents undecided.

Young, who has served in Congress since 1973, became the longest-serving current House member in December 2017 after Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersWomen's March plans 'Medicare for All' day of lobbying in DC How Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others Dem chairwoman plans hearing on Medicare for all proposals MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) announced his retirement.

The 85-year-old Republican subsequently took the ceremonial title of "Dean of the House," which is awarded to the longest continuously serving member of the House.


The poll released this week found 44 percent of respondents had a negative view of Young, while 17 percent held a negative view of Galvin, a public education advocate who has never held public office.

Of respondents, 21 percent were neutral to Galvin and 22 percent did not know who she was.

The poll surveyed 500 likely voters and was conducted between Oct. 26-29. The poll has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points, according to Talk Media News.