For the first time in its Washington polling PPP now finds a majority of the state's voters in support of gay marriage. 51% think it should be legal to 42% who believe it should be illegal. When PPP first polled on the issue last May Washington voters supported it 46/44. By February it had inched up to 49/44 before hitting its current 51/42 mark. It looks like the state's new law legalizing same sex marriages will probably be upheld this fall.
Republicans have barely moved over the last year but Democrats and independents have both increased their support for gay marriage. Democrats have gone from 76/17 to 82/13 support over that period of time. Independents have gone from being almost evenly divided at 41/42 to favoring it 53/39.
We see the standard large generational gap on this issue in Washington. Seniors are opposed to gay marriage 56/35, but people under 65 support it by a wide 55/39 margin. When you broaden the discussion to civil unions 77% of Washington voters support some form of legal recognition for same sex couples to only 21% completely opposed. Even 56% of Republicans favor some kind of recognition.
Washington is also leaning toward legalizing marijuana. 50% of voters now say they'll support Initiative 502 to 37% who are opposed. That's a slight increase in support for the initiative relative to our last poll, which found it ahead 47/39.
There's a similar generational divide on this issue to gay marriage. Seniors oppose it 45/35, but voters under 65 favor it by a 54/36 spread.
The Governor's race continues to look like a toss up. Rob McKenna has a slight edge over Jay Inslee at 43-40. The undecideds skew strongly Democratic though. 63% of them voted for Barack Obama in 2008 to only 27% who supported John McCain. Assuming most of those folks end up 'coming home' it's going to be very much a tie race.
We've found this to be a very steady contest over the course of the least year. Our 3 polls have found McKenna +2, a tie, and McKenna +3. This has the potential to be a down to the wire race similar to the 2004 contest in Washington.
The Oklahoma City Thunder skipped out of Seattle but any residual animosity from that in Washington isn't enough to drive the state's voters to root for the Heat. 71% of voters don't care about the NBA finals one way or the other but among those who do 16% are rooting for the Thunder and 13% for the Heat.
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