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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

November 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Poll: On election eve, I-594 to expand gun-purchase background checks still leads

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.

That’s pretty much the same number an October Elway Poll gave it, and not far from last week’s KCTS9 poll.

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.

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