A new Elway Poll shows I-594, a gun control measure on November's ballot that would close the "gun show loophole" by enforcing universal background checks on gun sales, is at 60 percent support. The measure was at 70 percent in a July Elway poll before all the campaigning hit.
But with nearly $8 million raised from gun control supporters, including big contributions from Nick Hanauer, Bill and Melinda Gates, Connie Ballmer, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety political action committee, the opponents message has been countered with heavy spending on the pro side to keep the measure popular as ballots are on the way for the November election.
The anti-594 side hasn't raised much money, but a competing gun rights measure, I-591, which wouldn't allow local gun regulations to exceed federal regulations, has raised about $1.1 million. I-591 has slipped to 39 percent support in the latest poll, down from 46 in July.
Opposition to both measures has also increased since the last poll; from 22 percent to 32 percent against I-594 and from 33 percent to 44 percent for I-591.
Elway polled 500 registered voters "at random" between October 6 and 9. About 19 percent were from King County. 21 percent were from Eastern Washington. 32 percent were Democrats and 25 percent were Republicans.