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Comment author: Khorton 20 September 2017 09:18:03AM 1 point [-]

If possible, I'd reduce the reading age of the questions by using simpler words and shorter sentences. I consistently overestimate the reading ability of average citizens.

If these statements were really on a ballot, people would likely have seen advertisements or news clips about the proposal. Right now, people have never heard these proposals before. It's important that they understand what you're asking.

Comment author: Michael_S 20 September 2017 01:38:33PM 2 points [-]

I disagree. I believe good ballot measure polling should more accurately reflect the actual language that would appear on the ballot. There's a known bias towards voters being more likely to support simpler language.

Unless this is an extremely expensive measure (which is probably won't be), I don't think that assumption is correct. Most voters will probably never hear about the initiative before they see it on the ballot/will have seen a cursory ad that they barely paid attention to.