2017 Legislative Survey Results

 

1. From the following list of issues, which issue do you believe should be the top priority of the Virginia House of Delegates?
517 Responses
 12345678
Creating Jobs and Improving the Economy 144
(28.07%)
70
(13.65%)
76
(14.81%)
103
(20.08%)
55
(10.72%)
38
(7.41%)
14
(2.73%)
13
(2.53%)
Making Higher Education More Affordable and Accessible 18
(3.55%)
47
(9.27%)
39
(7.69%)
58
(11.44%)
82
(16.17%)
56
(11.05%)
108
(21.30%)
99
(19.53%)
Improving Transportation 14
(2.76%)
27
(5.31%)
47
(9.25%)
60
(11.81%)
77
(15.16%)
75
(14.76%)
83
(16.34%)
125
(24.61%)
Improving Health Care 40
(7.89%)
52
(10.26%)
48
(9.47%)
59
(11.64%)
90
(17.75%)
97
(19.13%)
71
(14.00%)
50
(9.86%)
Improving K-12 Education 36
(7.11%)
35
(6.92%)
42
(8.30%)
56
(11.07%)
87
(17.19%)
115
(22.73%)
81
(16.01%)
54
(10.67%)
Cutting Wasteful Government Spending 130
(25.54%)
107
(21.02%)
83
(16.31%)
51
(10.02%)
43
(8.45%)
59
(11.59%)
24
(4.72%)
12
(2.36%)
Holding the Line Against Higher Taxes 40
(7.84%)
106
(20.78%)
96
(18.82%)
75
(14.71%)
37
(7.25%)
47
(9.22%)
89
(17.45%)
20
(3.92%)
Fighting Obamacare and Federal Government Overreach 101
(19.88%)
67
(13.19%)
80
(15.75%)
45
(8.86%)
34
(6.69%)
17
(3.35%)
34
(6.69%)
130
(25.59%)

 

2. What core services provided by state government are most important to you?
516 Responses
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Fostering jobs and economic development 163
(31.77%)
141
(27.49%)
83
(16.18%)
56
(10.92%)
47
(9.16%)
23
(4.48%)
Supporting K-12 schools and higher education 60
(11.79%)
94
(18.47%)
120
(23.58%)
102
(20.04%)
78
(15.32%)
55
(10.81%)
Keeping Virginians safe from crime 207
(40.27%)
125
(24.32%)
70
(13.62%)
56
(10.89%)
26
(5.06%)
30
(5.84%)
Providing health care and other services for those in need 47
(9.27%)
59
(11.64%)
104
(20.51%)
135
(26.63%)
100
(19.72%)
62
(12.23%)
Strengthening Virginia’s transportation system 25
(4.88%)
58
(11.33%)
89
(17.38%)
87
(16.99%)
143
(27.93%)
110
(21.48%)
Protecting the environment 18
(3.52%)
33
(6.46%)
46
(9.00%)
74
(14.48%)
113
(22.11%)
227
(44.42%)

 

3. Virginia continues to face budget constraints due to sequestration and federal tax increases. How do you believe the General Assembly should address such budgetary constraints?
512 Responses
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Raise General or Statewide Taxes (sales, income, business and/or gas) 31
(6.14%)
29
(5.74%)
37
(7.33%)
408
(80.79%)
Increase Specific Fees to Cover the Actual Cost of Providing Certain Government Services 65
(12.85%)
82
(16.21%)
330
(65.22%)
29
(5.73%)
Cut Government Spending 270
(52.94%)
128
(25.10%)
75
(14.71%)
37
(7.25%)
Streamline Government Programs and Services 147
(29.05%)
269
(53.16%)
62
(12.25%)
28
(5.53%)

 

  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?
    543 Responses
AnswerCountPercent
Too many29454.14%
Too few122.21%
About the right number9517.50%
No opinion14226.15%

 

  1. Of the following options, how do you think the General Assembly should address the rising cost of higher education?
    519 Responses
AnswerCountPercent
Increase state funding for colleges and universities1258.10%
Place a cap on tuition growth35222.81%
Limit or restrict student fees25216.33%
Reform and prioritize financial aid distribution to serve more middle-income students25016.20%
Encourage colleges and universities to offer “bare bones” college degrees and charge just tuition, but not room, board or other fees28518.47%
Increase online learning opportunities and online degree programs27918.08%
  1. Do you believe state government has a role to play in incentivizing job creation through the use of tax credits and economic development incentives?
    544 Responses
AnswerCountPercent
Yes38370.40%
No8816.18%
No opinion7313.42%

 

  1. Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows two-thirds of state legislatures to call a “Convention of the States” to amend the federal constitution. Some lawmakers have pushed a convention of the states to enact limits on federal authority and spending. Do you support or oppose a “Convention of the States?”
    549 Responses
AnswerCountPercent
Support31857.92%
Oppose14526.41%
No opinion8615.66%

 

  1. Do you support or oppose Medicaid Expansion in Virginia? While expansion would enroll up to 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians in Medicaid, it could cost the Commonwealth of Virginia over $1 billion per year.
    528 Responses
AnswerCountPercent
Yes, Medicaid should be expanded in Virginia13124.81%
No, Medicaid should not be expanded in Virginia39775.19%

 

  1. Do you support or oppose legislation authorizing retired law-enforcement officers who are up to date on their training to carry a firearm as a school security officer?
    543 Responses
AnswerCountPercent
Support48288.77%
Oppose417.55%
No opinion203.68%

 

  1. Political rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office, and serve as a notary public. When an individual is convicted of a felony, they automatically lose their political rights. Historically, Governors have granted rights restoration on an individualized basis after review. However, the Governor can restore political rights at his discretion, as did Governor McAuliffe with a sweeping executive order. Do you support amending the Virginia Constitution to establish a permanent framework for restoring political rights?
    541 Responses
AnswerCountPercent
Support27550.83%
Oppose22741.96%
No opinion397.21%

 

  1. Currently, Virginia does not allow early voting but does have absentee voting, both in-person and by mail. Early voting does not require a reason, but absentee voting does. Some have proposed early voting as a way to ease lines at the polls on Election Day and increase voter participation. Opponents argue that there is no indication early voting increases participation and that the costs of early voting, plus the challenges of keeping the votes secure for a long period of time, do not make it worthwhile. Do you support or oppose early voting in Virginia?
    545 Responses
AnswerCountPercent
Support17031.19%
Oppose32860.18%
No opinion478.62%

 

12. Virginia is home to more than 780,000 veterans who have served our country. Listed below are some of the most important veteran initiatives that the General Assembly will consider this year. Please prioritize the following veteran issues in the order that you think they should be addressed by the General Assembly.
519 Responses
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Veterans’ Entrepreneur Grant Program (assist veterans to establish small businesses) 69
(13.32%)
143
(27.61%)
102
(19.69%)
90
(17.37%)
114
(22.01%)
Veterans’ healthcare services through Virginia Veteran and Family Support Services (formerly called the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program) 336
(65.12%)
71
(13.76%)
46
(8.91%)
42
(8.14%)
21
(4.07%)
Update Virginia National Guard state income tax subtraction from $3,000 to $5,000 28
(5.44%)
95
(18.45%)
125
(24.27%)
138
(26.80%)
129
(25.05%)
Promote development of secure procedures for submission of electronic ballots by overseas military votes 47
(9.16%)
99
(19.30%)
102
(19.88%)
115
(22.42%)
150
(29.24%)
Grant in-state tuition to members of the Virginia National Guard/Reserve Components with duty station in Virginia 43
(8.33%)
106
(20.54%)
138
(26.74%)
129
(25.00%)
100
(19.38%)