KING 5 poll: Majorities in Washington favor gay marriage, marijuana initiatives

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 5:33 PM

Washington voters support all four of the major initiatives on the state ballot this year, according to a new KING 5 News poll.

More than half of respondents -- 55 percent -- said they support R-74, the referendum to affirm the same-sex marriage law passed early this year by the legislature. Forty percent said they were opposed, and just 6 percent said they remain undecided.

The marijuana legalization initiative (I-502) is backed by 57 percent of voters, the poll found, with just 33 percent opposing it and 10 percent saying they remain undecided.

Voters also favor the Tim Eyman-backed tax initiative (I-1185) has 56 percent support, with 26 percent opposed and 17 percent undecided. I-1185 would strengthen existing law that requires super majority votes in the legislature to enact any tax increases, and majority votes for any fee increases.

The charter school initiative (I-1240) had the lowest support, with 49 percent saying they support it compared with 30 percent against it and 21 percent who said they were undecided. This initiative would authorize the creation of up to 40 public charter schools across the state.

In the statewide race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Maria Cantwell (D) holds a 13-point lead over challenger Michael Baumgartner (R), 53 percent to 40 percent, the poll found, with just 6 percent saying they are undecided.

A large pool of voters remains undecided about the race for state attorney general -- 21 percent of respondents said they had not decided which candidate to support. Democrat Bob Ferguson had 43 percent support, compared with 35 percent for Republican Reagan Dunn. Both candidates are members of the King County Council.

The KING 5 poll was conducted by SurveyUSA between Sept. 28 and 30; 540 likely voters were interviewed, and the margin of error for each of the questions mentioned above is plus or minus 4.3 percent.

Compiled by KING 5's Robert Mak and Russ Walker.

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