First Elway Polls Show a Split on Washington Liquor Initiative

Polling on I-1183 has begun


A couple of weeks back, I dropped a line on Washington’s newest liquor initiative. The results of the first Elway Poll have already surfaced and my expectations have prove true: Washingtonians are split right down the middle.


Washington’s Initiative 1183 (I-1183) calls for privatization of the liquor system, relaxation of beer and wine sales restrictions and licensing of private vendors. Last year, I-1100 lost by a narrow margin (53-47). It appears that I-1183 will be a hard fought battle for both sides of the initiative.



According to the Seattle Times, the Elway Poll showed that 50% support it, 38% oppose it and 12% are undecided. Well, it cannot get much closer that that. Each of the voters in that 12% undecided group can get ready for a firestorm of political ads and campaigns to help sway your vote.


The newest article also shows that the opposition group, Protect Our Communities, recently received $4 Million in funds. Those coffers will allow the opposition to go toe to toe with big spender Costco, who has pushed the passage of this initiative.


Stay tuned for more. This won’t go away until November; or as last year showed, until it actually passes.



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