A poll conducted for a Washington State ballot measure that would expand background checks for gun purchases is supported by the majority of voters, but the support has dwindled since the summer. A competing ballot measure that would prevent the state from enacting background checks does not have favorable support.
An Elway Poll released Monday found that I-594, which would mandate background checks for “all firearm sales and transfers, including gun shows and online sales”, received 60 percent support from the 500 registered voters the poll surveyed, down from 70 percent in July and 72 percent in April, The Seattle Times reported. 32 percent were against the measure, up from 22 percent in July and 19 percent in April.
Conversely, only 39 percent favored I-591, which would prohibit background checks on firearms sales “unless a national standard is required.” This is down from 46 percent in July, and 55 percent in April. Opposition to I-591, according to the poll, is at 44 percent, up from 42 percent in July, and 33 percent in April.
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The poll had a margin of error of 4.5 percent. The summary of the poll notes that opinion on background checks in Washington State is “settling.”
“One indication that opinion is settling is the fact that the support for I-594 now aligns with voter opinion about background checks. Since April, we have asked survey respondents whether they favor more restrictive background checks or ‘keeping the background checks or ‘keeping the system as it is.’ Support for more restrictions has been steady at around 60%, which now matches support for I-594.”
According to The Washington Post, The National Rifle Association is only focusing on defeating I-594, rather than working to pass I-591. The Washington State-based Second Amendment Foundation is working to pass the pro-gun measure, creating division among ‘2A’ organizations.
Pro-gun control organizations have worked tirelessly to defeat I-591 and pass I-594, The Post reported, receiving large contributions from Washington natives including Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and Steve Ballmer.
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