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New Washington Poll has private liquor initiative leading, Eyman toll measure too close to call

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Oct. 31, 2011 at 9:07 am with No Comments »
November 1, 2011 3:42 pm

It isn’t exactly a landslide but Initiative 1183 has a lead in the first Washington Poll looking at statewide ballot measures.

Of those surveyed between Oct. 10 and Oct. 30, 50 percent said they intended to vote for the measure that would privatize liquor sales in Washington. Forty three percent said they opposed the measure.

Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1125 doesn’t fare as well. Despite having big leads in earlier polls conducted by other pollsters, the Washington Poll has the measure even – 41.4 percent in favor of the measure, 40 percent against, with 19 percent undecided. It would require the Legislature, not the Transportation Commission, to set tolls and would not allow new tolling strategies such as using tolls on one road segment for other projects.

Here’s a link to the entire poll,

The poll is conducted by the University of Washington Center for Survey Research and was directed by political science professor Matt Barreto. Interviews were done over both land lines and cell phones. A total of 938 registered voters were queried and the margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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