Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Poll Position: Wash. voters split on gay marriage, for marijuana legalization

Posted on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Washington voters are split on who they support for governor and on gay marriage, but are leaning toward legalizing marijuana, according to Public Policy Polling, which released its most recent poll results today.

Both Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee received 42 percent support in the poll. McKenna, the state's attorney general, is a Republican. Inslee, a congressman from the West Side, is a Democrat.

A similar divide exists between voters when it comes to gay marriage, which was recently signed into law by the governor. A referendum on the law will be held in November. The polls shows that 50 percent of voters would cast their ballot in support of gay marriage. About 46 percent would not.

Washingtonians are closer to being on the same page when it comes to legalizing pot. Some 47 percent said they'd vote in favor of Initiative 502. Just 39 percent said they wouldn't. The poll found support in all age groups except for the elderly, who opposed legalization 45 percent to 35 percent. The poll also found this issue to be less partisan than gay marriage or the gubernatorial race.

The poll includes more markers, including numbers on the U.S. Senate race and Gov. Chris Gregoire's approval ratings.  

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