Nearly half of Washington state voters say initiative promoter Tim Eyman’s involvement in the Initiative 517 campaign had an impact on their vote, but most said it did not.
With the help of Survey USA, KING 5 News asked actual and likely voters about their attitudes toward the so-called “initiative on initiatives." I-517 requires that voters be allowed to have their say on any proposal that qualifies for the ballot, even if a lawsuit has been filed against it. The initiative also would give supporters a year, instead of the current six months, to collect signatures, and it would make it a misdemeanor to interfere with the signature-gathering process.
Twenty-five percent said Eyman’s involvement had a major impact on their vote while 22 percent said it had a minor impact. Fifty-three percent said it had no impact at all.
KING 5 did not ask whether Eyman’s involvement led them to vote yes or no, just whether it made an impact, period.
Two-thirds of voters said they believe initiative signature gatherers currently have reasonable restrictions placed on them while 26 percent said they face unreasonable obstacles.
Fifty-eight percent said the current initiative process works in Washington state while 24 percent said it does not work.
Fifty-one percent said there do not need to be more severe penalties for people who interfere with signature gatherers. Thirty-four percent said penalties need to be more severe.
The questions mentioned in this story had a margin of error between ± 4.4 percent and ± 4.7 percent.