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Poll: Views on same-sex marriage, pot, NBAJune 19, 2012 @ 1:26 pm (Updated: 4:00 pm - 6/19/12 )
Will Washington become the first state in America to vote to approve same-sex marriage? A new opinion poll says that's likely.
Although voters in 32 other states have defeated gay marriage when it's put to a ballot test, a new statewide survey by Public Policy Polling found marriage equality has a 51-42 percent lead.
Of those polled, 47 percent said they favor same-sex marriage, 30 percent support the state's present civil unions "everything but marriage" law. About 21 percent said they do not favor giving legal recognition of any kind to same-sex couples.
In February, Washington became the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage. Those who favor defining marriage as being between "one man and one woman" collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The state's marriage equality law is on hold, pending the outcome of the Referendum 74 vote.
The same polling organization, PPP, found Republican Rob McKenna has taken a slight lead in the Washington gubernatorial race with less than five months to go until the election.
McKenna leads Democrat Jay Inslee 43-40. The race was tied at 42 each in February.
McKenna's "modest advantage" comes as the state attorney general is improving his popularity among state Republicans, according to the pollsters, who found 66 percent of Washington Republican voters have a favorable opinion of McKenna, up 4 points from February.
On a topic that lights up a lot of people, the poll found 50 percent of voters support Initiative 502, which would license and regulate marijuana production and distribution in Washington while 37 percent are against.
An even lighter topic asks who you are rooting for in the NBA finals? While 16 percent are for the Thunder and 13 percent like the Heat, a huge 71 percent "don't care."
By LINDA THOMAS
Elaine Thompson/AP photo from February 8, 2012 when Rep. Jamie Pedersen, center, is congratulated after the House voted to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state.
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