Poll shows support for Initiative 1639, which would impose sweeping gun regulations


Polling results released on the nonprofit news website crosscut.com this week show Initiative 1639, which would impose sweeping new gun regulations in Washington state, is likely to pass in the November election.

The Crosscut/Elway poll of 400 registered voters  done Oct. 4-9,  showed 59 percent in favor and 34 percent against. The measure would raise the minimum age for buying a semi-automatic firearm from 18 to 21 years old, in addition to imposing enhanced background checks and a 10-day waiting period, among other things.  

Initiative 1631, the so-called carbon tax, is polling much closer, with 50 percent in favor and 36 percent opposed. Initiative 1634, which would ban local taxes on grocery items, had only 31 percent support in the poll, with 51 percent against.

The poll also showed Republican Dino Rossi with a 10 point lead over Democratic opponent Dr. Kim Schrier, 49 percent to 39 percent, in the hotly contested race in the 8th Congressional District. Rossi received a big boost in the polling numbers during and after the hearings to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.