2016 Constituent Survey Results

2016 Constituent Survey Results

  1. From the following list, which issue should be the top priority for the House of Delegates? Note: Responses listed below are in order of preference based on the average of all responses for each option: 1= Highest Priority, 8= Lowest Priority.

Fighting Obamacare and federal government overreach………………….30.94%

Creating jobs and improving the economy…………………………………..…25.24%

Cutting wasteful government spending…………………………………………22.56%

Holding the line on higher taxes…………………………………………………….8.36%

Improving K-12 education………………………………………………………..…..6.00%

Improving health care……………………………………………………………….….3.79%

Making Higher Education more affordable and accessible…………….…2.79%

Improving transportation…………………………………………………………….2.44%

 

  1. Do you think students are required to take too many, too few, or about the right number of SOL tests over the course of their educational career?

Too many………………..…56.06%                Too few…………….3.61%

About the right number…….17.60%                 No opinion………..22.73%

 

  1. Charter schools are unique public schools that are given more flexibility to innovate while still being held accountable for student achievement. They are open to all children, charge no tuition, and do not have special entrance requirements. Opponents fear they could take money away from public school funding. Do you support a constitutional amendment to encourage the creation of more charter schools in Virginia?

Support…………62.08%       Oppose………….20.77%        No opinion……17.15%

 

  1. Would you support or oppose a state pilot program to test expanding the use of private providers in early childhood education? Providers would be held to rigorous standards of accountability but would be given some flexibility to test innovative new ideas.

Support…………55.50%       Oppose………….21.78%      No opinion……22.72%

 

  1. How do you think the General Assembly should address the rising cost of higher education?

Encourage colleges/universities to offer “three year” degree programs in certain fields………………………………………………………………..….21.09%

Encourage colleges/universities to offer “barebones” college degrees and charge just tuition but not room, board, or other fees…………19.91%

Limit or restrict student fees…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……..…..19.70%

Prioritize construction projects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………16.06%

Prioritize financial aid to serve more middle- and low-income students….……………………………………………………………………………………….15.47%

Increase state funding for colleges/universities………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…….7.78%

 

  1. Do you support efforts to expand state “Tuition Assistance Grants” to Virginia students who attend private colleges and universities in Virginia such as the University of Richmond? The maximum grant size is $3,100.

Support……..….37.56%        Oppose…………45.54%        No opinion………16.90%

 

  1. Do you support Medicaid Expansion in Virginia? Expansion could enroll up to 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians in Medicaid but could cause budgetary restraints that would lead to cuts to other key services like education, mental health and public safety.

Yes, Medicaid should be expanded in Virginia……….….15.73%

No, Medicaid should not be expanded in Virginia…….77.82%

 

  1. Would you support requiring hospitals or healthcare providers to give a cost estimate before providing service?

Support……………..76.23%                   Oppose……….12.18%           No opinion…………11.59%

 

  1. Do you support a state investigation of Virginia Planned Parenthood chapters in light of the videos revealing some Planned Parenthood chapters selling baby body parts for profit?

Support………….74.50%      Oppose………19.98%            No opinion…….5.52%

  1. Would you support legislation prohibiting the use of all state government resources to facilitate the resettlement of refugees from states that are officially considered “terrorism sponsors?” This legislation would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to re-settle refugees from Syria, Iran and the Sudan.

Support…………..78.13%     Oppose…….…17.31%           No opinion……..4.56%

 

  1. Virginia is a “right to work” state which means that by law no employee can be forced to join a union or pay union dues in order to get or keep a job. Do you support or oppose adding Virginia’s right to work law to the Constitution?

Support…………..77.09%     Oppose………….17.04%       No opinion……..5.88%

 

  1. Currently, law enforcement may seize property related to criminal activity even if the owner has not yet been convicted of a crime. Some have argued that Virginia should reform its asset forfeiture laws to make it more difficult for law enforcement to seize private property prior to a conviction. Do you support efforts to reform Virginia’s asset forfeiture laws?

Support…………..77.63%     Oppose………….14.05%       No opinion………8.31%

 

  1. Do you support legislation overturning Governor McAuliffe’s executive order banning law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms in state buildings?

Support………..71.14%         Oppose…………..22.31%      No opinion……….6.54%

 

  1. Should voters have the option to register by political party (Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc.)?

Yes……………52.36%          No……………..…24.35%     No opinion………….23.29%

 

  1. Virginia is home to more than 780,000 veterans. It is important that we support these veterans and their families. Listed below are some of the most important veteran initiatives the General Assembly will consider this year. Prioritize the following veteran issues in the order they should be addressed. Note: Responses listed below are in order of preference based on the average of all responses for each option: 1= Highest Priority, 8= Lowest Priority.

Healthcare – Additional Care Centers & services for veterans and their families………….49.82%

Employment – Job training & credit for military training…………………………………………..39.17%

Claims – Additional claims and benefits agents……………………………………………………..…..7.88%

Education – Resource advisors for Vets at Community Colleges & education grants………3.85%