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Undecided voters will decide ballot propositions

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Oct. 30, 2007 at 8:54 am with No Comments »
October 30, 2007 8:54 am

The new Washington Poll was released last night and shows that most of the statewide ballot measures – as well as Puget Sound’s Prop. 1 – are in the hands of voters who haven’t made up their minds.

So if you haven’t mailed in your ballot yet, expect to become very popular with the campaigns.

The poll asked 600 voters how they intended to vote. That means the results have a margin of error of 4 percent.

On Initiative 960, which would require two-thirds votes for future tax increases, 41 percent said they were certain to vote yes or were leaning that way. The certain and likely no vote totaled 40 percent. But 18 percent of those polled said they were undecided or didn’t know how they would vote.

On the insurance reform measure Referendum 67, a total of 48 percent of voters said they would support, while 31 percent said they would oppose. But only 35 percent of the yes votes said they were certain of their vote, with the rest saying they could change their minds. And 21 percent were still undecided.

Bigger majorities were supporting the Rainy Day fund (61 percent to 17 percent) and the Simple Majority for School Levies measure (59 percent to 31 percent).

The poll provides a less-exact look at the Roads and Transit measure because the sample size is much smaller – only 325 voters were surveyed producing a margin of error of 5.4 percent). The results (43 percent in support and 46 percent opposed) is well within the margin of error, making the issue too close to predict.

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