Background measure and class size initiative poised to pass

Washington voters appear ready to pass a measure expanding background checks on gun sales and another lowering class sizes, according to a recent independent poll released this week.

The statewide KCTS-Washington poll interviewed 602 voters between Oct 17-24. The poll revealed the most important issues to voters are; education reforms and funding, gun laws, fixing the economy, taxes and health care reform.

It showed Initiative 594, which would expand background checks on private and online gun sales, passing with about 64 percent approval.

It also showed Initiative 591, which would prohibit the expansion of background checks, passing with a smaller margin. About 45 percent of voters said they will cast a vote in favor of I-591, with 43 percent voting against the measure and the rest categorized as undecided.

If both measures were to pass, it would likely be up to the state’s top courts to decide the next step.

Pollsters also reported that Gov. Jay Inslee had a 54 percent approval rating; with the Washington State Legislature

Tuesday is Election Day.


Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or Follow her on Twitter .

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