Over on Publicola, Josh bashes his head against a poll:
A new survey USA poll has some surprising results: The bag fee isn’t a lost cause. In fact, it’s slightly ahead.
Asked: “Would you vote ‘Yes’ to add a .20 fee on disposable shopping bags?” 47 percent said they would. It’s almost a dead heat. 46 percent said ‘No.’
Um, hate to dis Josh on this one (well, actually it’s fun to dis Josh), but those are terrible numbers for the Yes camp. Measures like this tend to break toward the No side. Indeed, if I were running the Yes campaign I wouldn’t feel comfortable with anything less than a fifteen point margin at this point in the process… you know, before the chemical industry floods the airwaves and stuffs our mailboxes with their propaganda.
So actually, if these numbers can be trusted, the bag fee is starting to look like a lost cause.