October 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Polls suggest Eyman’s Initiative 517 losing ground
Two recent polls indicate Tim Eyman’s initiative on initiatives, I-517, is losing ground.
A poll by Moore Information, out of Portland, shows more voters opposing the measure than supporting it. And a Stuart Elway poll, out of Seattle, found a shrinking majority of voters supporting I-517.
I-517 is aimed at making like easier for initiative sponsors like Eyman. Among other things, it would give initiative sponsors an additional six months to collect signatures, make it illegal for anyone to maintain “an intimidating presence” within 25 feet of a signature gatherer, and prohibit local government from blocking votes on ballot measures.
The initiative also contains language that opponents say would vastly expand where signature gatherers could go, including inside stadiums during Seahawks and Mariners games. I-517 backers dispute that claim.
The Moore Information poll of 500 likely voters, taken Oct. 23-24, found 40 percent of the people who have already voted, or plan to, oppose the measure while 33 percent support it. Some 27 percent were undecided or would not discuss their vote. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
The Elway poll of 413 registered voters, taken Oct. 15-17, found 52 percent of the people surveyed support the measure, down from 58 percent in a September poll. The survey showed 25 percent opposed and 23 percent undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.
Elway, in his report, wrote that the measure was leading in every demographic category except Seattle voters.
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