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 YoungHouse passes bill requiring CBP to enact safety, hygiene standards GOP scores procedural win by securing more funding to enforce Iran sanctions Ex-GOP lawmakers are face of marijuana blitz 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 ConyersEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' McConnell: Reparations aren't 'a good idea' This week: Democrats move funding bills as caps deal remains elusive 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.