Poll Shows Support For WA Initiatives
A new Elway poll shows strong support for two statewide initiatives on the November ballot.Initiative 522 would require labeling of genetically-engineered food. Initiative 517 would set penalties for harassment of signature gatherers and signers and allow more time for signatures to be collected.
The Elway poll found 58 percent of the people surveyed supported I-517, activist Tim Eyman's latest measure. It also found that 66 percent supported the food-labeling measure.
The poll surveyed 406 registered voters Sept. 3-5. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Other information regarding I-522:
Monsanto cash boosts fight against food labeling
A recent infusion of cash from seed giant Monsanto has more doubled the war chest for the campaign to reject a statewide measure requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods.
New campaign finance reports show opponents of Initiative 522 have raised $7.8 million, while supporters of food labeling have raised $3.3 million.
Advocates say the measure would allow consumers to make informed decisions about their food. Critics say it would increase costs and burdens for farmers and businesses.
Monsanto has given a total of $4.8 million, making it the top donor working to defeat I-522 this November. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and Bayer Cropscience are also top contributors to the No on I-522 campaign.
Top contributors to the Yes on I-522 include Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, the Organic Consumers Fund and PCC Natural Markets.
September 10, 2013/AP