October 12, 2011 - Virginia Voters Satisfied With State, But Not U.S., Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Support Nuclear Plants, Oppose I-95 Tolls

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Virginia voters are three times more satisfied with the ways things are going in the commonwealth than they are about the state of the country, as Gov. Bob McDonnell remains wildly popular with voters with a 62 - 22 percent job approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Virginians say 52 - 42 percent that putting tolls on parts of Interstate 95 is a bad idea, but they would favor increasing tolls rather than raising gasoline taxes 60 - 28 percent if money is used to pay for road repairs in the state, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

While 38 percent of voters are more concerned about the safety of nuclear power after the North Anna nuclear plant was shut down because of the August earthquake, 7 percent are less concerned and 52 percent say the shutdown did not affect their view.

Virginia voters approve 71 - 20 percent of using nuclear power to produce electricity and support 60 - 32 percent the construction of new nuclear plants in the commonwealth. Democrats are divided on new plants 44 - 45 percent and black voters oppose new plants 53 - 40 percent.

"Overwhelmingly, Virginia voters are happy with what's going on in Richmond, but not so much with what's coming out of Washington," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling institute.

Only 2 percent of voters are "very satisfied with the way things are going in the nation today," compared to 10 percent who are "very satisfied" with the way things are going in Virginia. Another 17 percent are "somewhat satisfied" with things nationally compared to 56 percent who feel that way about the commonwealth. In all, 19 percent are very or somewhat satisfied about the country compared to 66 percent who are satisfied with life in Virginia. Quinnipiac University Poll/October 12, 2011 - page 2

"By more than 3-1, Virginians are happy with what's going on in the state compared to the country and this optimism shows in their views of state politicians. All statewide elected officials, and even the State Legislature, get thumbs up for their job performance," said Brown. "In these tough times that is pretty remarkable."

"While there are some partisan differences in Gov. Bob McDonnell's approval rating, even Democrats tie 40 - 40 percent in their approval of his job performance," said Brown.

Republicans approve of McDonnell 87 - 6 percent and independent voters agree 65 - 18 percent.

McDonnell's approval rating was 61 - 21 percent in September and 55 - 26 percent in June.

"He should be careful not to bump his head on the ceiling," said Brown.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has a 35 - 17 percent approval rating; Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is at 46 - 30 percent; U.S. Sen. Mark Warner has 61 - 24 percent and U.S. Sen. Jim Webb is at 51 - 27 percent.

The State Legislature has a 47 - 35 percent positive rating, the only legislature in any state surveyed by Quinnipiac University to get a positive rating.

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor gets a split 23 - 24 percent favorability rating, with 52 percent of voters saying they don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

"There might not be another state in the country where every statewide elected official - who come from different parties - and the legislature have a positive rating. These strong numbers obviously reflect the voters' satisfaction with how things are going in the commonwealth," said Brown.

"Virginians aren't hot on the idea of tolling portions of Interstate-95, but they sure like the idea of tolls better than higher gas taxes," said Brown. "In these days of political polarization, it's worth noting that there are very little differences among Democrats, Republicans or independents on this issue."

From October 3 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,459 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob McDonnell is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              62%    87%    40%    65%    68%    56%    65%    47%
Disapprove           22      6     40     18     20     24     20     32
DK/NA                16      8     19     17     12     20     15     20
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Approve              73%    68%    60%    62%    64%    60%
Disapprove           11     18     23     25     20     22
DK/NA                17     14     18     13     16     18
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              53%    64%    65%    61%    63%    35%    59%    79%
Disapprove           25     20     21     20     24     45     25      9
DK/NA                22     16     14     19     12     20     17     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob McDonnell is handling his job as Governor?
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              62      61      55
Disapprove           22      21      26
DK/NA                16      18      19
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              47%    66%    30%    49%    54%    40%    50%    26%
Disapprove           35     19     49     35     31     38     32     56
DK/NA                18     15     21     16     15     22     19     19
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Approve              54%    58%    49%    43%    47%    46%
Disapprove           27     26     33     39     33     37
DK/NA                19     16     18     17     20     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              44%    47%    49%    44%    51%    29%    44%    60%
Disapprove           35     34     36     36     33     50     39     24
DK/NA                21     19     16     20     16     21     17     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              47      48      48
Disapprove           35      34      33
DK/NA                18      18      19
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mark Warner is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              61%    46%    78%    61%    59%    62%    60%    72%
Disapprove           24     40      9     25     29     21     26     10
DK/NA                15     14     13     15     12     17     13     17
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Approve              53%    60%    58%    66%    58%    65%
Disapprove           31     28     27     22     25     22
DK/NA                16     12     15     12     17     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              63%    58%    63%    60%    64%    72%    70%    46%
Disapprove           16     28     25     25     23     11     16     41
DK/NA                21     14     12     15     13     18     13     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mark Warner is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 30
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              61      64      57
Disapprove           24      22      29
DK/NA                15      13      14
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jim Webb is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              51%    42%    64%    48%    55%    47%    50%    58%
Disapprove           27     41     12     29     29     26     30     14
DK/NA                22     18     23     23     16     27     20     28
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Approve              39%    52%    53%    57%    49%    47%
Disapprove           36     29     27     23     28     31
DK/NA                26     19     20     20     23     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              58%    44%    55%    49%    55%    65%    60%    37%
Disapprove           18     33     27     27     28     14     20     42
DK/NA                25     23     18     24     17     21     21     21
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jim Webb is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 30
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              51      51      50
Disapprove           27      30      31
DK/NA                22      19      18
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Bolling is handling his job as Lieutenant Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              35%    52%    23%    32%    39%    31%    35%    34%
Disapprove           17      9     26     17     17     17     17     20
DK/NA                48     40     51     50     43     53     48     46
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Approve              44%    43%    28%    39%    39%    31%
Disapprove           14     11     15     16     16     23
DK/NA                42     46     57     45     45     45
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              31%    38%    35%    36%    33%    18%    32%    49%
Disapprove           21     17     16     17     17     28     18     11
DK/NA                48     46     49     47     50     54     51     40
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Bolling is handling his job as Lieutenant Governor?
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              35      39      39
Disapprove           17      15      20
DK/NA                48      45      42
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ken Cuccinelli is handling his job as Virginia Attorney General?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              46%    72%    20%    47%    51%    41%    48%    31%
Disapprove           30      9     51     30     29     31     29     36
DK/NA                24     18     28     23     19     29     23     33
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Approve              61%    55%    43%    44%    48%    48%
Disapprove           14     25     38     26     30     26
DK/NA                26     20     20     31     22     26
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              42%    45%    49%    49%    41%    18%    39%    69%
Disapprove           31     30     30     25     39     55     37     11
DK/NA                27     25     21     27     20     27     24     20
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ken Cuccinelli is handling his job as Virginia Attorney General?
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              46      47      49
Disapprove           30      29      31
DK/NA                24      24      20
 
 
23. Regardless of how you feel about Bob McDonnell's policies, would you say you like or don't like Bob McDonnell as a person?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Like                 57%    77%    41%    56%    63%    51%    57%    56%
Don't Like           14      2     28     12     13     15     13     17
DK/NA                30     20     31     33     24     34     31     27
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Like                 61%    64%    55%    58%    57%    56%
Don't Like            9     10     14     11     16     13
DK/NA                31     25     31     31     28     31
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Like                 53%    58%    59%    56%    57%    39%    54%    69%
Don't Like           15     13     14     13     15     31     15      5
DK/NA                32     29     27     31     28     30     31     26
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Bob McDonnell's policies, would you say you like or don't like Bob McDonnell as a person?
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 57      56      57
Don't Like           14      14      16
DK/NA                30      30      27
 
 
24. And regardless of how you feel about Bob McDonnell as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Bob McDonnell's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Like                 52%    82%    22%    56%    62%    42%    55%    30%
Don't Like           26      7     50     21     21     30     24     38
DK/NA                23     11     27     23     17     28     21     32
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Like                 63%    60%    51%    50%    53%    51%
Don't Like           17     20     26     25     26     26
DK/NA                20     20     23     25     21     23
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Like                 43%    54%    55%    51%    53%    21%    48%    71%
Don't Like           24     24     27     23     29     49     30     10
DK/NA                33     21     18     26     18     30     21     18
 
TREND: And regardless of how you feel about Bob McDonnell as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Bob McDonnell's policies?
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 52      52      48
Don't Like           26      26      33
DK/NA                23      22      19
 
 
25. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the - nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     3%     -      1%     2%     1%     2%
Smwht satisfied      17      6     27     14     15     18     13     34
Smwht dissatisfied   33     22     44     32     31     34     30     41
Very dissatisfied    49     71     25     53     52     46     55     22
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Very satisfied        1%     1%     2%     1%     1%     2%
Smwht satisfied      10     13     17     19     15     16
Smwht dissatisfied   26     36     31     37     34     28
Very dissatisfied    63     49     50     42     50     52
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        1%     2%     2%     2%     1%     5%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      23     18     13     17     15     22     19     11
Smwht dissatisfied   43     31     29     32     34     39     40     22
Very dissatisfied    32     49     56     48     49     32     40     66
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1      1      -
 
 
26. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in - Virginia today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied       10%    18%     4%    10%    12%     8%    11%     2%
Smwht satisfied      56     60     47     61     59     54     56     52
Smwht dissatisfied   24     13     35     25     20     27     23     32
Very dissatisfied     9      9     12      4      9      9      9     12
DK/NA                 1      -      2      -      1      1      1      2
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Very satisfied       12%    11%    14%     8%     8%    10%
Smwht satisfied      56     59     62     59     53     51
Smwht dissatisfied   20     24     19     24     25     29
Very dissatisfied    11      5      5      7     12      9
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        6%     9%    13%    10%     9%     7%     7%    15%
Smwht satisfied      60     56     53     54     60     46     58     60
Smwht dissatisfied   21     25     24     24     24     32     26     18
Very dissatisfied    10      9      8     10      6     14      8      7
DK/NA                 2      -      1      1      1      2      1      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Virginia today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Very satisfied       10      13      11
Smwht satisfied      56      55      57
Smwht dissatisfied   24      24      23
Very dissatisfied     9       7       8
DK/NA                 1       1       1
 
27. Currently, Republicans control the Virginia House and Democrats control the Virginia Senate. After the 2011 election would you prefer that the Democrats control both houses of the legislature, the Republicans control both houses of the legislature, or would you prefer that control is split as it is today?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Democrats            30%     1%    71%    17%    25%    35%    24%    61%
Republicans          27     68      -     19     30     24     33      3
Split                38     28     27     56     41     35     37     34
DK/NA                 5      3      2      8      4      6      6      2
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Democrats            16%    24%    35%    30%    30%    25%
Republicans          45     33     29     22     27     29
Split                34     37     31     44     37     40
DK/NA                 6      6      5      4      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Democrats            36%    29%    28%    29%    32%    66%    31%    10%
Republicans          17     28     31     27     27      2     14     53
Split                43     38     35     39     37     28     49     32
DK/NA                 4      5      6      6      4      4      6      5
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob McDonnell is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              54%    78%    30%    59%    63%    47%    60%    32%
Disapprove           27     10     47     24     21     33     24     42
DK/NA                18     12     23     17     16     21     16     26
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Approve              64%    61%    57%    51%    56%    52%
Disapprove           19     23     23     33     26     28
DK/NA                17     16     20     16     17     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              50%    55%    58%    50%    61%    30%    51%    72%
Disapprove           30     28     24     28     25     47     33     13
DK/NA                19     17     18     21     13     23     16     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob McDonnell is handling the state budget?
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              54      53      50
Disapprove           27      29      34
DK/NA                18      18      16
 
 
29. Do you think the state budget is fair or unfair to people like you?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Fair                 55%    73%    40%    57%    62%    48%    60%    31%
Unfair               31     17     43     31     25     36     28     49
DK/NA                14     10     18     12     13     16     12     19
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Fair                 57%    64%    64%    51%    53%    51%
Unfair               31     24     21     32     33     39
DK/NA                12     12     15     17     14     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Fair                 56%    54%    56%    50%    63%    37%    54%    67%
Unfair               31     32     30     36     23     45     35     20
DK/NA                14     13     13     15     14     18     11     13
 
TREND: Do you think the state budget is fair or unfair to people like you? (*Jun 2011 'new state budget')
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011*
 
Fair                 55      55      43
Unfair               31      31      32
DK/NA                14      14      25
 
 
30. What do you think about the cuts in state spending in the budget? Do you think the cuts in state spending go too far, not far enough or are they about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Too far              28%    15%    44%    21%    24%    32%    26%    39%
Not far enough       21     23     15     25     23     19     19     25
About right          38     53     27     40     43     34     42     21
DK/NA                13      9     14     15     10     15     13     15
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Too far              26%    25%    22%    31%    28%    32%
Not far enough       20     20     17     22     24     18
About right          41     43     45     35     36     38
DK/NA                13     11     15     13     12     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Too far              34%    28%    24%    30%    24%    48%    31%    15%
Not far enough       15     27     18     22     19     13     18     28
About right          35     36     43     34     45     25     37     47
DK/NA                16      9     14     13     12     13     13     10
 
TREND: What do you think about the cuts in state spending in the budget? Do you think the cuts in state spending go too far, not far enough or are they about right? (*Jun 2011 'new budget')
                     Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011*
 
Too far              28      25      29
Not far enough       21      20      24
About right          38      40      29
DK/NA                13      15      18
 
 
31. Is your opinion of Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            23%    47%     6%    21%    27%    19%    27%     8%
Unfavorable          24      5     39     25     27     21     22     31
Hvn't hrd enough     52     47     52     53     45     59     50     58
REFUSED               1      -      2      1      1      1      1      3
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Favorable            31%    28%    23%    16%    29%    18%
Unfavorable          10     21     30     17     27     16
Hvn't hrd enough     58     50     47     65     43     64
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            16%    24%    27%    22%    25%     7%    16%    40%
Unfavorable          17     25     25     17     34     40     33      7
Hvn't hrd enough     65     51     47     60     39     52     50     52
REFUSED               2      -      1      1      1      1      2      1
 
 
32. The state is considering putting tolls on parts of Interstate 95 to help pay for road repairs. Do you think putting tolls on Interstate 95 to help pay for road repairs is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            42%    42%    41%    45%    44%    42%    44%    32%
Bad idea             52     51     52     51     53     51     50     64
DK/NA                 6      7      6      4      3      8      5      4
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Good idea            46%    47%    42%    43%    38%    51%
Bad idea             49     48     52     52     55     44
DK/NA                 5      5      6      5      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            35%    44%    45%    40%    46%    39%    48%    39%
Bad idea             59     53     48     54     48     56     46     55
DK/NA                 6      4      7      6      6      5      5      6
 
 
33. If you had to choose, would you rather have highway tolls or a higher gas tax to raise money for road improvement?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Highway tolls        60%    63%    57%    60%    53%    65%    60%    62%
A higher gas tax     28     24     28     30     36     20     30     19
DK/NA                13     13     14      9     11     14     10     19
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Highway tolls        67%    62%    52%    57%    60%    72%
A higher gas tax     20     24     38     26     27     19
DK/NA                13     14     10     18     13     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Highway tolls        66%    56%    59%    63%    54%    58%    58%    63%
A higher gas tax     27     28     27     22     38     30     33     23
DK/NA                 6     15     13     15      8     12     10     13
 
 
34. Do you drive on Interstate 95 on a regular basis, an occasional basis, hardly ever or never?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Regular basis        21%    15%    25%    22%    24%    18%    17%    29%
Occasional basis     40     40     41     40     38     41     39     41
Hardly ever          28     32     22     29     31     26     32     18
Never                11     13     12      9      7     15     12     12
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Regular basis        12%    23%    30%    13%    28%     3%
Occasional basis     37     45     45     50     40     21
Hardly ever          33     24     20     26     25     49
Never                18      7      4     12      8     27
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Regular basis        25%    25%    13%    18%    26%    25%    21%    18%
Occasional basis     40     39     41     37     45     38     44     38
Hardly ever          27     26     31     30     26     27     27     30
Never                 8     10     15     16      4     10      8     14
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
35. Generally speaking, do you approve or disapprove of using nuclear energy to produce electric power?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              71%    85%    56%    76%    82%    61%    76%    48%
Disapprove           20     10     29     19     15     25     17     38
DK/NA                 8      5     14      6      3     13      7     14
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Approve              72%    77%    81%    71%    71%    60%
Disapprove           17     18     13     21     22     27
DK/NA                11      5      6      8      8     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              69%    73%    70%    67%    78%    62%    70%    79%
Disapprove           25     18     21     23     16     29     21     16
DK/NA                 6      8      9     10      6      9      9      6
 
 
36. Would you support or oppose the construction of new nuclear power plants in Virginia?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              60%    78%    44%    63%    74%    48%    66%    40%
Oppose               32     17     45     31     23     41     27     53
DK/NA                 7      5     10      6      3     11      7      7
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
Support              65%    64%    70%    60%    60%    50%
Oppose               26     28     25     31     33     41
DK/NA                10      8      6      9      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              56%    61%    62%    56%    68%    50%    58%    70%
Oppose               41     31     28     35     28     44     33     23
DK/NA                 3      8      9      9      4      6      8      7
 
 
37. In August, an earthquake forced the temporary shutdown of the North Anna nuclear power plant in central Virginia. Did this make you more concerned about the safety of nuclear power plants, less concerned or didn't it affect how you feel about the safety of nuclear power plants?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More concerned       38%    27%    53%    32%    30%    45%    35%    55%
Less concerned        7      7      5      9      8      6      6      5
Didn't affect        52     65     38     55     59     46     56     37
DK/NA                 3      2      3      4      2      4      3      4
 
                     White         AREA........................
                     BrnAgn Mltry                East/  West/
                     Evngl  HsHlds North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndoah
 
More concerned       34%    35%    35%    36%    41%    38%
Less concerned        7      9      8      8      6      6
Didn't affect        56     53     56     52     50     51
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE   POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Lib    Mod    Con
 
More concerned       40%    36%    39%    41%    33%    47%    40%    30%
Less concerned        4      9      8      8      6      4      8      8
Didn't affect        55     53     49     47     60     45     50     60
DK/NA                 1      3      4      4      1      4      1      2
 

Demographic Summary