New Poll: Virginians Optimistic About Gov. McAuliffe by a 53%-34% Margin

Monday, February 3, 2014

The following press release is from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. Note that, as usual, the progressive position also generally is the majority position in this state (and in the country more broadly) on issue after issue (in this case: expanding Medicaid coverage; moving to bipartisan redistricting; investing in early childhoold, vocational and higher education). Also noteworthy is that most Virginians are optimistic about Terry McAuliffe's governorship. My main question is whether House of Delegates Teapublicans will be as mindlessly obstructionist as their colleagues (Eric Can'tor et al) at the national level have been.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Virginians want strict limits on gifts to officeholders, with
an independent commission to monitor their financial disclosures, according to a
new Virginia survey from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport
University."With the McDonnell gift scandal as a backdrop, voters of every description and in every region of the state strongly support tougher ethical rules for people in public office," said Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director of the Wason Center. "That's across the board -- Republicans, Democrats, Independents, men, women, African-Americans, whites. And they want an independent commission to monitor compliance."
A solid majority (60 percent) would also allow sitting Virginia governors to run for reelection, with Republicans favoring the proposal by 53 percent, Democrats by 63 percent and Independents by 65 percent. The state constitution now prohibits consecutive terms in Virginia's highest office, the only such limit in the country.
A majority of voters (56 percent) supports expanding Medicaid coverage for 400,000 additional Virginians, but 54 percent would not support the expansion if the federal government doesn't pay its share.
The Wason Center annual survey of issues before the General Assembly was based on interviews with 1,023 registered voters, conducted Jan. 15-22. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%.  Here are some other highlights:
Virginians are optimistic about their new governor, Terry McAuliffe (53 percent) and more believe the state is on the right track (50 percent) than think the country is on the right track (30 percent).
Virginia voters strongly support early childhood education programs; 70% say they lead to better academic outcomes in K-12 and higher education.