For Immediate Release — Oct. 26, 2009
Poll: Approve Referendum 71 maintaining slim lead
Election outcome still hinges on turnout
Approve Referendum 71 is maintaining its slim lead among likelyWashington voters according to a
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner
(GQR) trackingpoll commissioned by the Approve Referendum 71 campaign.Last week, GQR polled more than 500 likely voters and found 53 percent of those polled supported the “approved” position when they were read theballot language, while only 36 percent supported the “rejected” position. InSeptember, the margin was 51–44 percent.According to GQR this shift suggests that the Approve side has solidified itsbase in recent weeks while the Reject side is losing supporters."This is both good—and cautionary—news," said Approve 71 campaign chairAnne Levinson. "These results show that when voters understand what thedomestic partnership law is—and the many families who will be harmed if itis repealed—they will vote to approve it."Yet, we also know that in an off-year election, older, more conservativevoters turn out in greater numbers. While there is broad statewide supportfor treating all families equally, those who vote will determine the outcome of this election," Levinson continued. "This poll makes a very clear point: thosewho want to ensure that legal protections aren't taken away from gay andlesbian families
have to vote."Approve 71 campaign manager Josh Friedes noted that only a smallpercentage of voters have turned in their ballots so far."What our poll shows us is that if supportive voters cast their ballots, we willwin. That's why getting fair-minded voters to cast their ballots on time is soimportant—we're seeing ballots from less urban parts of the state being sentin, while voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are not yet mailingtheir ballots in large numbers,” said Friedes.