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Strong majority in Washington still support marijuana initiative

With just two weeks until the election Washington State remains on track to make history this November. Initiative 502, which would legalize marijuana for adults and create a regulate system for its sale, continues to hold a solid lead in the latest polling. A new survey of likely voters from Strategies 360 finds the ballot measure leading 54 percent to 38 percent. Via Strategies 360:

Here is the last one. This initiative is called Measure 502 and concerns marijuana. Here is the text of what will be on the ballot.
This measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.
If the election were held today and you were filling out your ballot right now, would you vote in support or against this proposal? (PROBE) Do you feel strongly about that or not so strongly?

Strongly support …………………………………………….. 34%
Somewhat support …………………………………………. 20
Somewhat oppose …………………………………………. 11
Strongly oppose …………………………………………….. 28

Would not vote (DNR) …………………………………….. 1
DK/NA/REFUSED ………………………………………….. 6

This new survey is right in line with earlier polling of the state. A King 5/SurveyUSA poll for last week found a near identical result, with 55 percent of voters planning to support I-502 and 36 percent planning to vote against it. If the initiative simply holds on to this consistent lead for a few more weeks it should be approved by the voters next month.

Besides the actual ballot measure question the Strategies 360 poll also asked voters if in general they think the use of marijuana should made legal or remain illegal. According to the poll 56 percent of voters in Washington think using marijuana should be legal while 36 percent think using marijuana should be illegal.

As if often the case there is slightly more support for a general concept than an actual ballot initiative. Any piece of actual legislation will often contain specific provisions which many turn off some potential supporters. In this case there is a gap, but it is very small. The New Approach Washington campaign appears to have done a fairly successful job of conceiving the vast majority of potentially persuadable voters to support their initiative. All the campaign now needs to do is hold onto that support for another 15 days.

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