Party and Region

About the Poll About the Poll

The Washington Poll is a non-partisan, academic survey research project
sponsored by the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race &
Sexuality (WISER), a research center at the University of Washington in the
School of Social Sciences. Dr. Matt Barreto, an Associate Professor of
Political Science is the Director of WISER and principal investigator on this
survey. Dr. Christopher Parker, an Associate Professor of Political Science
is the co-principal investigator of the Washington Poll.

The survey was administered by telephone, by the Washington Survey
Research Center at the UW, based on a randomly selected list of phone
numbers using a publicly available list of registered voters. The survey was
in the field from May 3 – May 23, 2010. A total of 1,252 registered voters
throughout the state of Washington were interviewed, yielding a 2.8%
margin of error. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

About the Poll About the Poll

Overall sample size is 1,252 with margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.
However, for crosstabs presented here, the cell size for each row is smaller
and carries a larger margin of error.

For example, the Puget sound sample is 54% of all, or 676 cases, margin of
error of +/- 3.8 percent. Eastern WA is 21% of all, or 263 cases, +/- 6.0;
and Other Western WA is 25% of all, or 313 cases, +/- 5.5.

For party identification, the sample of Democrats is 438, +/- 4.7 percent;
Republicans is 351, +/- 5.2; and Independents/other sample is 463, +/- 4.6

State Income Tax

Now I’m going to read an initiative that may appear on the November ballot:
Initiative 1077 would reduce property taxes by 20% and reduce the business and
occupation tax and also institute a new income tax on individuals earning more
than $200,000 or household earning more than $400,000. Will you vote yes or no on
initiative 1077?

Yes No
Statewide total 58% 30%
Democrat 72% 17%
Republican 41% 47%
Independent 57% 30%
Puget Sound Region 59% 32%
Eastern Washington 56% 25%
Other Western WA 57% 32%

Liquor Privatization

Another initiative that could be on the ballot in November would privatize alcohol
sales. Currently hard alcohol can only be sold by the Washington State Liquor
Control Board, but this initiative would allow alcohol to be sold at grocery stores
and other places where beer and wine are already sold. Will you vote yes or no on
the alcohol privatization initiative?

Yes No
Statewide Total 52% 37%
Democrat 50% 40%
Republican 57% 36%
Independent 55% 35%
Puget Sound Region 55% 34%
Eastern Washington 42% 47%
Other Western WA 59% 34%