A poll out today by Public Policy Polling has Initiative 594, the statewide measure to expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers, shows it getting about 60 percent support. Of those polled, 56 percent said they definitely supported I-594; another 3 percent said they probably would support it.
Meanwhile, support remained under 50 percent for those in favor of a competing measure, I-591, that would stop Washington state from enacting background-check laws beyond the federal standard. Of those asked about I-591, one-third of respondents said they definitely supported I-591, with another 7 percent saying they probably supported it.
But a look inside the numbers shows people who favor I-594 have so far voted by a larger margin.
Of those who told PPP they definitely supported I-594, nearly two-thirds said they had already voted. Of those who told PPP they definitely supported I-591, only 35 percent said they had already voted.
Some other tidbits from the poll:
– When asked whether the recent shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School would make them more likely to vote, most respondents said it didn’t matter. Two-thirds said it didn’t make a difference, while 15 percent said it made them more likely and 18 percent said it made them less likely.
– Of those polled, 50 percent had an unfavorable opinion of the National Rifle Association (37 percent favorable); 45 percent had an unfavorable opinion of President Barack Obama (46 percent favorable); and 17 percent had an unfavorable opinion of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (47 percent favorable), who survived being shot in the head in Arizona in 2011.
– A majority of respondents (52 percent) said they’d be more willing to vote in a future election for a state legislator who supported expanding background checks. Nearly a third of respondents said they’d be less likely and 15 percent said it didn’t matter.
PPP conducted the poll between Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 of 635 likely voters.