A little over half of the people in the Puget Sound area believe Boeing machinists should accept a new contract extension that the company says it needs to ensure the 777x will be assembled in Washington state, according to a new KING 5 News poll.
Members of the International Association of Machinists District 751 were voting on the contract Friday. The union is being asked to switch from pensions to 401Ks, accept smaller pay raises and make larger contributions toward medical insurance.
SurveyUSA asked 500 adults in Western Washington if they thought the union should accept the deal. Fifty-Two percent said they should while 39 percent said they should not. Nine percent were not sure.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed legislation that would give Boeing $8.7 billion in tax breaks for Boeing and other related aircraft businesses as long as Boeing builds the 777x in Washington. Sixty-one percent of those polled support the tax breaks while 29 percent opposed.
Sixty percent of those polled believe the 777x will be built in Washington state while 31 percent think it will be built somewhere else.
The questions in this poll had a margin of error between ± 4.4 percent and ± 4.5 percent.