Poll: Wash. GMO labeling vote a toss up

Poll: Wash. GMO labeling vote a toss up

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Poll: Wash. GMO labeling vote a toss up

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on October 22, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 7:53 AM

Two weeks before ballots are counted, a new KING 5 News poll finds voters are leaning toward approving new rules to label genetically engineered foods. But there are enough undecided voters that it could go either way.

The poll of 546 likely Washington state voters, conducted by SurveyUSA, found 45 percent say they are certain to vote yes while 38 percent are certain to vote no.

Sixteen percent say they are not certain.

This poll question has a margin of error of ± 4.3 percent.

Other findings in the poll:

  • Most Washington voters would vote no (45 percent to 32 percent) on a measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, if they had the chance. Twenty-two percent remain undecided. Such a measure is currently on the ballot in SeaTac.
  • Pres. Barack Obama has a 44 percent job approval and 47 percent disapproval rating among Washington voters.
  • Gov. Jay Inslee has a 44 percent approval and 31 percent disapproval rating.
  • Forty-six percent of Washington voters disapprove of the job their own member of the U.S. House of Representatives is doing. Twenty-seven percent approve.
  • Both Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell have higher approval than disapproval ratings, but both their approval ratings are under 50 percent.
  • Washington voters blame Republicans in Congress (42 percent) more than Pres. Obama (32 percent) for the government shutdown. Twenty-three percent blame both.

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