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Washington Poll Liquor initiative leads road tolls measure too close to call

first_imgA state ballot initiative that would privatize liquor sales leads by a significant margin in the new statewide Washington Poll, but one on project-specific road tolls is too close to call.The poll also indicated that in the 2012 governor’s race, Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican, leads Rep. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, by 6 percentage points among all voters and by 16 among independents. In the presidential race, Barack Obama is far ahead of Republican rivals.If Initiative 1183 is passed in the Nov. 8 election, state liquor stores would be closed and assets auctioned off. Private parties would be licensed to sell and distribute liquor, set license fees, regulate licenses and change regulation of wine distribution. In the poll, 50 percent of voters favored the initiative; 43 percent opposed it.Initiative 1125 would prohibit use of motor vehicle fund revenues and vehicle toll revenues for non-transportational purposes. It would also require the Legislature to set road and bridge tolls and make them project specific.The survey showed voters evenly divided: 41.4 percent in favor of the measure, 40 percent against, with 19 percent undecided.Almost 45 percent of voters favored McKenna in next year’s gubernatorial race while almost 38 percent favored Inslee. In the presidential race, voters said they would favor Obama over former Gov. Mitt Romney, 50 percent to 41 percent, and would favor Obama over Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 54 percent to 41 percent.last_img read more