(Cross posted. Surprised not to see this news here yet!)
Another poll has come out regarding the up-and-coming ballot initiatives voters face on November 4th.
First, the decent news for those who are sick of throwing nonviolent offenders into jail for up to several years for a small amount of pot, which is arguably just about as harmful (in the general population) as smoking, which is legal. The yes-on-two vote is 51% to 32% opposed, with 16% undecided. Seems like with the way things are going, it’ll pass.
Second, the OK news for the dogs: 44% in this poll support banning racing, and 43% are opposed, with 13% up for grabs. The poll consisted of 400 people, called between Monday and Wednesday, with a 4.9% margin of error (pretty large if you ask me) so things are up in the air on Question 3 (which I encourage people to vote Yes on – you would too if you knew a greyhound adopted from the tracks which was seriously screwed up in the head).
The best news, however, comes on the income tax repeal question – Question 1. Fully 59% oppose the measure. 26% support it. That’s some really low support numbers. Shows that people are more educated this time around (as opposed to 2002). People are becoming less afraid to say, “hey, if we want services, we need to pay for them.” Progressives have made their message clear and people are listening. Doesn’t hurt that our side had $3.5M to spend on ads and grassroots campaigning this time either (taking no chances, as the boston.com article says). But that doesn’t explain the extreme margin between those pro and against.
But if you want Question #3 to pass (and if you are not a cold hearted cruel person, you should, you really should), you have got to talk to your friends and neighbors and tell them to vote with the dogs, Yes on Three!
(As to Question Two, vote your conscience. But remember this: we spend a lot of money incarcerating people for small amounts of marijuana possession. But if we pass Q3, we turn a money sink into a money gain, as people who are caught pay a fine to the state. It seems like a no brainer to me, at least fiscally.)