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October 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

New poll: Support for gun initiatives slipping, but voters still prefer I-594

Updated at 12:05 p.m.

For those who read the political tea leaves, the latest scraps of data give good news and bad news for supporters of expanding background checks for gun purchases.

For the third poll in a row, a majority of voters are supporting Initiative 594, the measure on November’s ballot to expand background checks on private guns sales and transfers. And while it maintains a wide lead, support for I-594 slipped in an Elway Poll released Monday.

In the poll, 60 percent of voters surveyed signaled support for I-594. That’s down from 70 percent in a July Elway Poll.

But the news for I-594’s opponents looks worse. Support for I-591, the competing measure that would remove the state’s authority to enact background check laws, has also slipped. I-591 was already losing in the July poll, with support from 46 percent of surveyed voters. Today’s numbers pegged I-591’s support at 39 percent.

The Elway poll surveyed 500 registered voters and has a margin error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

Of those surveyed, 35 percent of respondents described themselves as gun owners; 53 percent were female.

Another interesting tidbit: Of those who described themselves as gun owners, a majority — 54 percent — supported I-594.

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