Over at Publicola, they have Elway Poll’s recent numbers for the initiatives. It looks bad for all of the initiatives.
The Elway poll, in contrast, shows three of the four statewide ballot measures (gay marriage, pot*, and the two-thirds rule) “teetering on the edge of victory,” with just 50 to 51 percent support. The fourth, charter schools, is leading but has the support of just 47 percent of likely voters.
It’ll be pretty awful if gay people can’t get married or if Washington State is still arresting people for possession of marijuana. Still, as an anti-initiative person, I’m always glad that it’s tough to pass an initiative. Of course R-74 isn’t an initiative, so that’s a little different.
But in general, if people in Washington are skeptical of the process, that’s probably good overall.
* Seriously, pot? I know the aim was brevity there, but “pot” makes the initiative sound so frivolous.