A poll by Survey USA on behalf of Seattle television news outlet KING 5 finds that a majority of Washington voters support the passage of Initiative 1053. The poll found that 55 percent are certain they will vote yes, 18 percent are certain they will vote no, and 26 percent remain undecided. The margin of error is +/- 3.9%.
Proposed by anti-tax activist Tim Eyman, I-1053 would reinstate a two-thirds vote requirement for the Legislature to pass tax increases. Originally put in place by an initiative in 2007, the legislature temporarily suspended the two-thirds requirement earlier this year and enacted a tax increase to help balance the state budget. The current suspension of the supermajority vote will expire on July 1, 2011. If I-1053 passes, the suspension will expire immediately, and the supermajority vote requirement will take effect on election day.
Read more about it and view the television news segment here.
The same poll asked voters about several other issues on the Washington ballot, but the results are less clear-cut.
- Initiative 1098 - new tax on incomes above $200,000 (single filers) or $400,000 (joint filers): 41 percent support, 33 percent oppose, 26 percent remain undecided.
- Initiative 1107 - repeal sales tax on candy, bottled water, and carbonated drinks: 42 percent support, 34 percent oppose, 24 percent remain undecided.
- Referendum 52 - authorize bonds and continue a sales tax on bottled water to pay for projects to increase energy efficiency in public buildings: 34 percent support, 42 percent oppose, 24 percent remain undecided.
View the crosstabs for all four questions here.