-PPP finds that Alaskans overwhelmingly support the minimum wage increase measure that will be on the ballot this fall- 67% are in support of it to only 27% who are opposed. Democrats (86/8) and independents (71/22) are both strongly in favor of it and even Republicans (45/50) are pretty closely divided.
-The numbers have been very steady on August's vote about whether to repeal Senate Bill 21, the Oil and Gas Production Tax. 45% of voters say they will repeal the bill to 34% who say they'll leave it in place. In February the numbers were 43/31 in favor of repeal and in August they were 46/30 in favor of repeal. The unpopularity of this bill is a big part of why Sean Parnell's approval numbers are looking pretty mediocre at this point.
-It's looking like a close fight this fall when it comes to whether Alaskans will vote to legalize marijuana- our first poll using the exact wording of the measure finds that 48% of voters intend to support legalizing marijuana, while 45% are opposed.
-Alaskans don't have much to say for a potential Sarah Palin Presidential bid in 2016. Only 19% think she should seek the White House, compared to 74% who think she should sit it out. Even among Republicans just 24% want her to run while 70% believe she should take a pass. Palin is actually so weak that she would trail Hillary Clinton 44/41 in a hypothetical contest, even as the rest of the Republican field would lead Clinton. Mike Huckabee has a 43/42 advantage over her, Chris Christie is up 44/41, Rand Paul is up 46/40, and Jeb Bush is up 47/41.
Alaska is even more fragmented than most states when it comes to who Republicans want as their Presidential candidate. Ted Cruz gets 15%, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie 14%, Palin 12%, Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul 11%, Scott Walker and Paul Ryan 4%, and Marco Rubio 3%.
-There was a lot of buzz a few months ago about a White House petition to have Alaska become part of Russia once again, but Alaskans are not down with that idea. Only 4% would support seceding to go back to Russia, with 92% opposed to the idea. Alaskans may not like Barack Obama- he has a 38/56 approval rating in the state- but they're a whole lot more enthused about him than Vladimir Putin who comes down with a 7/78 favorability rating.
When it comes to the question of Alaska seceding to become an independent nation- as opposed to joining Russia- there's more support with 22% of Alaskans in favor of that concept to 70% who are opposed. 24% of Republicans but only 10% of Democrats support Alaska becoming its own country.
-Alaska remains Mariners country when it comes to baseball loyalties- 20% say they are Seattle fans to 11% for the Red Sox, 9% for the Cubs, 6% for the Braves and Yankees, and 5% for the Dodgers and Giants.
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