A new poll is out today showing that two competing gun initiatives on the November ballot are both – at least at this point in time – heading to victory in November. The survey, though, reveals that there is a much voter confusion over what the conflicting background check measures actually do.
The results, released by pollster Stuart Elway, found that 72 percent were inclined to vote for Initiative 594, which would require criminal background checks on gun show and Internet firearm sales in Washington.
But the poll also found that 55 percent were inclined to vote for Initiative 591. Sponsored by Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation,. I-591 seeks to prevent any state-level gun regulations that haven’t been enacted nationally – thereby preventing the state from adopting background-check laws stricter than the national standard. Nationally, checks are mandated for sales by licensed dealers, but not for purchases from private sellers.
The Elway survey of 504 registered voters was conducted April 9-13. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.