Gun Regulations
4:43 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Poll Finds Washington Gun Rights Initiative Losing Support

A new Elway poll out Tuesday shows support for a gun rights measure on Washington’s fall ballot is flagging. Meanwhile, a dueling measure that would expand background checks remains popular.

A new poll shows support for a gun rights measure on Washington’s fall ballot is flagging.
A new poll shows support for a gun rights measure on Washington’s fall ballot is flagging.
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The poll represents a major shift since April: a nine-point drop in support for Initiative 591. This is the measure that says Washington can’t adopt a stricter gun background check than the feds.

At the same time Initiative 594 continues to enjoy a 70 percent approval rating. This measure would expand background checks to include person-to-person gun sales in Washington.

Longtime pollster Stuart Elway thinks the numbers show voters are figuring out what each measure would actually do.

“What it looks to me like is people are now voting more in accordance with their intention which is to implement more extensive background checks,” Elway said.

Elway feels confident saying that because his polling has generally found Washington voters favor more extensive background checks by a margin of 2 to 1. That said, Elway notes the gun control issue still splits sharply along partisan lines.

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