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November 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Poll: Most voters wish Machinists had accepted Boeing offer

A new Stuart Elway poll found that most Washington voters wish the Machinists union had accepted Boeing’s offer to build the 777X in this state in exchange for contract concessions.

“By a margin of 56 to 31 percent, residents interviewed last weekend for The Elway Poll said they would have voted for the proposed contract “if [they] were a Boeing machinist” — almost opposite of the Machinists’ actual vote.”

In addition, 66 percent of the voters surveyed agreed with the state Legislature’s decision to approve more than $8 billion in tax breaks for Boeing, “but just half think the legislature should sweeten the pot any more. And they are not convinced that transportation improvements need to be part of the package.”

Elway in his report said that “when asked if state government should offer more incentives to Boeing now that the company has opened up a multi-state competition, 50 percent said yes, but 38 percent said the state would be ‘better off to save its money, stay with the current package of incentives, and risk having the 777X plant go to another state.’

The poll surveyed 409 voters Saturday through Monday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

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