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November 09, 2005

The Anti-Smoking Vote

Readers' theories are invited on the vote, by county, on the anti-smoking initiative, I-901. The county-wide vote is here.

A lot of initiatives in the past have broken down this way. A liberal measure wins big in King County and in San Juan County, the two furthest left (and the two highest in per-capita family income). After that it gets support in Jefferson, which includes the lefty burg of Port Townsend, and in Thurston (state employees). Beyond that, you're moving to the political center. Eastern Washington, particularly outside of Spokane, leans right, as does Lewis County in Western Washington. And so on.

Consider the smoking initiative. The strongest vote was (rounding to the nearest whole number) in San Juan, 69% yes. Next strongest, Whatcom, 67%. Then Spokane, 66%, Clark, 66%, Whitman, 65%. King, the most liberal county, was at 63.94%, not much more than the statewide average of 62.53%.

The numbers may change, but they probably won't by much.

OK: Why was the vote highest in San Juan, and then Whatcom, Spokane, Clark, Whitman? What does San Juan have in common with Spokane?

Somebody figure this out.

Respond to Bruce.

 
Posted by Bruce Ramsey at November 9, 2005 03:56 PM



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