Gay marriage and pot initiatives have strong support in Wash.

Gay marriage and pot initiatives have strong support in Wash.

A new poll shows two ballot measures that would legalize gay marriage and allow marijuana possession both enjoy strong support among likely voters in Washington.

According to the Survey USA poll, 56 percent of the Washington voters polled support a measure that would allow same-sex couples to get married. Just 38 percent of respondents are against it and nine percent are undecided.

When asked about an initiative that would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution and production, 57 percent of people polled said they support the plan. 34 percent said they were against it and nine percent are not sure.

Both polls were conducted by Survey USA for KATU News. They both have a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percent.

The gay marriage referendum enjoys strong support among Democrats and independents, according to the poll. Only 25 percent of Republicans polled said they support the gay marriage law.

The marijuana initiative enjoys more support among Republicans with 35 percent in favor. It is also strong among Democrats.

Supporters of the gay marriage law in Washington have spent large amounts of money during the campaign. The group lobbying for the bill has raised more than $6 million, while as of late August a prominent group against the law had raised less than $500,000.

Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the law passed earlier this year that allows same-sex marriage in the state. That law is on hold pending the November vote.

The marijuana initiative, I-502, would legalize pot under state law and allow its sale at state-licensed stores, with tax proceeds dedicated to education, health care and substance abuse prevention. Oregon and Colorado voters will also decide on marijuana legalization measures this fall.

Marijuana would remain illegal under federal law, however, and it isn't clear how the federal government would respond if any of the states voted to legalize it. The Justice Department could prosecute employees of state-licensed pot shops, sue in federal court to block the laws from taking effect, or simply seize the tax revenue from the states as proceeds of transactions that are illegal under federal law.

The Associated Press contributed to this report