December 22, 2011 - Virginia Voters Divided On Uranium Mining, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Support For Campus Gun Ban Almost 4-1

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Virginia voters are split like an atom on the issue of uranium mining as 43 percent say mining should be allowed because of economic benefits while 41 percent are opposed because of environmental concerns, according to Quinnipiac University poll release today.

Voters also say 48 - 42 percent that the state's projected $1 billion budget deficit should be eliminated only by spending cuts with no tax increases, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Voters back 63 - 25 percent the state's policy of using tax incentives to attract new business to Virginia.

And they oppose 58 - 32 percent a legislative proposal that would define life as beginning at conception, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Virginia voters say 50 - 45 percent that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, but they oppose 62 - 32 percent lifting the state's law limiting handgun purchases to one a month.

Voters say 75 - 20 percent that guns should be banned on college campuses.

Whether to lift the state's ban on mining uranium is expected to be a major fight in the legislative session which begins next month in Richmond. A June 29 Quinnipiac University poll showed voters divided 41 - 41 percent on the question,

"There is a large gender gap on the issue of removing the uranium ban," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Men want to lift it 53 - 33 percent while women want to keep the restriction 47 - 34 percent. Education also seems to affect attitude, with college graduates opposed to mining 47 - 40 percent, while those without a degree in favor of mining 45 - 37 percent."

Support for uranium mining is 62 - 24 percent among Republicans while independent voters split 42 - 43 percent. Democrats oppose mining 54 - 29 percent.

When it comes to the state's projected budget deficit, the split is along party lines. Republicans say cuts only 65 - 27 percent while Democrats want a mix of service cuts and tax hikes 51 - 39 percent, with independent voters close to the Democrats' position 49 - 41 percent.

Virginians continue to say the existing cuts made by lawmakers have been fair to folks like them 52 - 36 percent, a key measurement of satisfaction with how the state is being run.

Gov. Bob McDonnell gets a 53 - 29 percent thumbs up from voters on his handling of the state budget and a 57 - 21 percent overall job approval, compared to 62 - 22 percent approval in Quinnipiac University's October 12 survey.

Also getting thumbs up on job approval from the voters are:
  • U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, 62 - 23 percent;
  • U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, 48 - 29 percent;
  • Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, 35 - 18 percent, with 46 percent undecided;
  • State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, 47 - 27 percent;
  • The State Legislature, 46 - 36 percent.
"Virginia retains its unusual status as a state where all the statewide elected officials, and the State Legislature, are popular with voters. Of the seven states where Quinnipiac University conducts surveys, Virginia seems to have the greatest contentment with its politicians, both Republican and Democratic," said Brown.

The bill defining life as beginning at conception is similar to a constitutional amendment voted down last month by Mississippi voters. It gets strong opposition from Democrats, 74 - 16 percent and independent voters, 59 - 31 percent, while Republicans back it 51 - 40 percent.

About half of Virginia voters, 49 percent, say someone in their household owns a gun. But there is support among all parties, income, age and education groups to keep guns off college campuses. Women want guns off campus 85 - 11 percent and men back a campus ban 63 - 31 percent. Even people with carry permits should not be allowed to bring guns on campus, voters say 65 - 32 percent.

From December 13 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,135 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 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.

12. 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              57%    81%    33%    62%    62%    53%    63%    39%
Disapprove           21      8     37     20     20     23     21     25
DK/NA                22     12     30     18     18     25     15     36
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              62%    65%    69%    69%    72%    64%    52%    56%    61%
Disapprove           26     18     19     18     16     23     17     24     21
DK/NA                12     17     12     13     12     13     30     20     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              60%    56%    47%    61%    64%    63%
Disapprove           27     18     21     23     20     24
DK/NA                13     26     32     16     16     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob McDonnell is handling his job as Governor?
                     Dec 22  Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Approve              57      62      61      55
Disapprove           21      22      21      26
DK/NA                22      16      18      19
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              46%    64%    27%    48%    47%    44%    50%    31%
Disapprove           36     20     51     36     38     35     34     48
DK/NA                18     16     22     16     15     21     16     22
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              49%    51%    53%    59%    55%    51%    49%    44%    46%
Disapprove           39     30     30     25     29     32     33     41     32
DK/NA                13     19     17     16     16     17     18     15     22
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              47%    45%    38%    48%    54%    49%
Disapprove           39     35     39     36     33     38
DK/NA                14     20     24     16     13     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Dec 22  Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Approve              46      47      48      48
Disapprove           36      35      34      33
DK/NA                18      18      18      19
 
14. 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              62%    50%    71%    68%    58%    65%    63%    61%
Disapprove           23     35     13     19     29     17     25     14
DK/NA                16     14     16     13     13     18     12     25
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              63%    63%    60%    66%    55%    66%    65%    58%    64%
Disapprove           27     23     28     20     33     21     17     26     22
DK/NA                10     13     12     14     12     13     19     16     14
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              64%    60%    62%    59%    64%    66%
Disapprove           25     21     18     24     23     26
DK/NA                11     18     20     17     14      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mark Warner is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Dec 22  Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Approve              62      61      64      57
Disapprove           23      24      22      29
DK/NA                16      15      13      14
 
 
15. 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              48%    38%    57%    52%    49%    47%    50%    43%
Disapprove           29     41     17     26     33     25     31     21
DK/NA                23     21     26     21     19     27     20     36
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              54%    47%    45%    54%    40%    53%    51%    48%    47%
Disapprove           32     29     33     27     37     28     26     32     26
DK/NA                14     24     22     19     23     20     23     20     27
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              55%    44%    39%    52%    54%    54%
Disapprove           31     27     22     31     28     31
DK/NA                14     29     39     17     17     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jim Webb is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Dec 22  Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Approve              48      51      51      50
Disapprove           29      27      30      31
DK/NA                23      22      19      18
 
 
17. 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%    49%    21%    36%    39%    32%    37%    28%
Disapprove           18      8     26     21     20     17     17     21
DK/NA                46     43     53     43     41     51     46     51
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              35%    39%    41%    36%    42%    36%    37%    33%    36%
Disapprove           16     18     13     14     14     15     24     18     15
DK/NA                48     43     45     50     43     49     39     48     49
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              34%    36%    34%    37%    36%    36%
Disapprove           18     18     17     20     21     19
DK/NA                48     46     49     43     43     45
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Bolling is handling his job as Lieutenant Governor?
                     Dec 22  Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Approve              35      35      39      39
Disapprove           18      17      15      20
DK/NA                46      48      45      42
 
 
18. 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              47%    69%    25%    48%    51%    43%    51%    32%
Disapprove           27      7     43     30     29     26     25     34
DK/NA                26     23     32     22     21     31     24     34
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              45%    55%    56%    57%    63%    49%    46%    46%    47%
Disapprove           37     17     21     25     11     31     27     26     28
DK/NA                18     27     23     18     26     20     27     27     25
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              43%    50%    39%    53%    49%    50%
Disapprove           39     20     22     26     26     34
DK/NA                18     31     38     20     25     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ken Cuccinelli is handling his job as Virginia Attorney General?
                     Dec 22  Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Approve              47      46      47      49
Disapprove           27      30      29      31
DK/NA                26      24      24      20
 
27. 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       11%    20%     7%    11%    15%     8%    14%     6%
Smwht satisfied      53     54     51     53     52     54     52     61
Smwht dissatisfied   23     17     25     25     22     24     23     21
Very dissatisfied    11      9     12     10     10     12     11     11
DK/NA                 2      -      4      1      2      2      1      2
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very satisfied       14%    13%    15%    15%    16%    14%    10%    10%    14%
Smwht satisfied      55     50     49     64     47     55     57     52     52
Smwht dissatisfied   23     22     24     14     25     21     18     27     22
Very dissatisfied     7     13     11      6     11     10     13     10     10
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      1      2      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Very satisfied       13%    11%     9%    10%     9%    17%
Smwht satisfied      55     52     50     52     56     57
Smwht dissatisfied   24     22     25     23     25     18
Very dissatisfied     7     13     14     14      8      7
DK/NA                 1      2      1      2      2      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?
                     Dec 22  Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Very satisfied       11      10      13      11
Smwht satisfied      53      56      55      57
Smwht dissatisfied   23      24      24      23
Very dissatisfied    11       9       7       8
DK/NA                 2       1       1       1
 
 
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              53%    74%    32%    57%    59%    47%    57%    35%
Disapprove           29     12     47     26     25     33     25     46
DK/NA                18     14     22     17     16     20     18     19
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              58%    56%    61%    63%    65%    55%    45%    51%    58%
Disapprove           28     23     23     19     21     26     34     35     22
DK/NA                14     20     16     18     14     19     21     15     20
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              55%    52%    40%    56%    59%    61%
Disapprove           31     28     37     26     27     26
DK/NA                14     20     23     18     14     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob McDonnell is handling the state budget?
                     Dec 22  Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Approve              53      54      53      50
Disapprove           29      27      29      34
DK/NA                18      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                 52%    74%    34%    55%    58%    48%    60%    27%
Unfair               36     20     52     32     32     40     31     60
DK/NA                11      6     14     13     10     12     10     12
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Fair                 67%    55%    61%    71%    60%    64%    44%    53%    56%
Unfair               25     34     29     22     30     27     43     37     32
DK/NA                 8     11     10      7     10      9     13      9     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Fair                 62%    47%    38%    47%    58%    68%
Unfair               29     40     50     40     35     24
DK/NA                 9     13     12     12      8      8
 
TREND: Do you think the state budget is fair or unfair to people like you? (*Jun 2011 'new state budget')
                     Dec 22  Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011    2011*
                             
Fair                 52      55      55      43
Unfair               36      31      31      32
DK/NA                11      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              30%    12%    47%    28%    25%    35%    25%    53%
Not far enough       22     30     18     16     22     22     21     22
About right          36     49     22     43     42     30     41     16
DK/NA                12     10     14     13     10     14     13      9
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Too far              23%    26%    23%    18%    22%    24%    30%    31%    29%
Not far enough       17     25     26     19     25     23     25     24     19
About right          49     36     41     50     41     41     34     36     37
DK/NA                11     13     11     12     11     12     11      9     14
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Too far              27%    32%    40%    36%    24%    23%
Not far enough       18     25     26     20     19     23
About right          44     31     21     36     46     44
DK/NA                11     12     13      8     12     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')
                     Dec 22  Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011    2011*
                             
Too far              30      28      25      29
Not far enough       22      21      20      24
About right          36      38      40      29
DK/NA                12      13      15      18
 
 
31. The state budget is projected to face about a one billion dollar deficit over the next two year budgeting cycle. Do you think any plan to balance the state budget should include only spending cuts or should it also include an increase in taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Only cuts            48%    65%    39%    41%    48%    48%    47%    49%
Increase taxes       42     27     51     49     45     39     43     39
DK/NA                10      8     10     10      7     13      9     12
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Only cuts            35%    56%    51%    47%    60%    44%    49%    50%    46%
Increase taxes       59     32     39     44     31     47     42     43     41
DK/NA                 6     12     10      9      9      9     10      7     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Only cuts            35%    55%    50%    59%    50%    36%
Increase taxes       58     33     33     35     42     60
DK/NA                 7     12     17      6      9      5
 
 
32. The state of Virginia has sought to convince businesses to move to the commonwealth by offering them tax credits or subsidies. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            63%    76%    54%    67%    68%    59%    68%    51%
Bad idea             25     15     33     24     25     25     21     36
DK/NA                12      9     13      9      8     16     12     13
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Good idea            71%    65%    68%    80%    69%    73%    58%    66%    63%
Bad idea             21     21     19     15     19     18     29     23     25
DK/NA                 8     14     13      5     13     10     13     11     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Good idea            69%    61%    51%    67%    69%    70%
Bad idea             23     26     31     23     22     23
DK/NA                 9     14     17     10     10      7
 
 
33. As you may know, there is a ban on mining uranium in Virginia. Some people say there should be mining for uranium because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be mining for uranium because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Shld be mining       43%    62%    29%    42%    53%    34%    47%    33%
Shld not be mining   41     24     54     43     33     47     37     50
DK/NA                16     14     17     16     14     18     16     17
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Shld be mining       42%    51%    53%    44%    59%    44%    40%    42%    47%
Shld not be mining   45     32     27     47     23     42     46     43     34
DK/NA                13     17     20      9     18     14     14     15     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Shld be mining       40%    45%    39%    51%    43%    49%
Shld not be mining   47     37     43     33     42     40
DK/NA                13     18     18     17     16     11
 
TREND: As you may know, there is a ban on mining uranium in Virginia. Some people say there should be mining for uranium because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be mining for uranium because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                     Dec 22  Jun 29
                     2011    2011
                             
Shld be mining       43      41
Shld not be mining   41      41 
DK/NA                16      18 
 
 
34. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Legal all cases      24%    13%    35%    20%    21%    27%    23%    27%
Legal most cases     30     24     36     37     33     27     30     37
Illegal most cases   25     37     11     25     26     24     28     15
Illegal all cases    14     20     11     10     10     17     13     14
DK/NA                 8      6      6      8     10      6      6      7
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Legal all cases      28%    20%    16%    23%     9%    27%    31%    26%    18%
Legal most cases     36     26     29     27     18     35     27     35     28
Illegal most cases   22     31     31     33     41     24     23     23     28
Illegal all cases    10     16     17     13     26      8     13     10     17
DK/NA                 3      8      7      3      6      7      5      6      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Legal all cases      30%    21%    16%    22%    27%    32%
Legal most cases     36     27     27     30     27     38
Illegal most cases   20     28     25     31     28     19
Illegal all cases    10     16     23     12     11      7
DK/NA                 4      9      8      5      7      4
 
TREND: Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                     Dec 22  Sep 14
                     2011    2011
                             
Legal all cases      24      19
Legal most cases     30      31 
Illegal most cases   25      25 
Illegal all cases    14      16 
DK/NA                 8       8
 
 
35. A Virginia lawmaker has introduced a bill that seeks to restrict abortion. The bill would change Virginia law to say that life begins at conception. It is called the Personhood Bill. The bill's sponsor says it would not outlaw abortion, but it sets a path to get there. Do you support or oppose this bill?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              32%    51%    16%    31%    32%    33%    35%    22%
Oppose               58     40     74     59     58     57     55     68
DK/NA                10     10     10      9     11      9     10     11
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              30%    38%    42%    40%    59%    27%    35%    29%    32%
Oppose               64     50     47     51     29     65     61     62     53
DK/NA                 7     12     11      8     12      8      4      9     15
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Support              30%    34%    33%    34%    36%    28%
Oppose               63     54     55     57     56     66
DK/NA                 7     12     12      9      8      6
 
 
36. What do you think is more important; to protect the right of Americans to own guns or to control gun ownership?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Protect rights       50%    72%    23%    50%    60%    41%    56%    26%
Control ownership    45     24     72     44     37     53     39     71
DK/NA                 5      4      5      6      4      6      4      3
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Protect rights       50%    61%    61%    54%    68%    51%    49%    54%    47%
Control ownership    46     34     33     44     27     45     49     43     46
DK/NA                 3      5      6      2      5      4      2      3      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Protect rights       48%    51%    43%    52%    53%    53%
Control ownership    49     43     50     46     43     46
DK/NA                 3      5      7      2      5      1
 
 
37. Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  49%    60%    34%    51%    57%    42%    55%    29%
No                   48     37     65     45     39     57     42     69
DK/NA                 2      3      -      4      3      2      3      2
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  45%    63%    60%    39%    66%    48%    47%    49%    52%
No                   53     34     37     60     32     51     53     47     46
DK/NA                 2      3      3      1      3      2      -      4      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  43%    52%    47%    50%    53%    47%
No                   54     46     52     47     44     50
DK/NA                 3      2      -      3      3      3
 
 
38. Under Virginia law, the number of handguns an individual can purchase is limited to one handgun per month. Do you think this law limiting the number of handguns an individual can purchase to one handgun per month should be kept or repealed?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Kept                 62%    66%    62%    63%    64%    60%    66%    55%
Repealed             32     28     30     31     32     32     28     38
DK/NA                 6      5      7      6      4      8      6      7
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Kept                 71%    63%    67%    66%    65%    68%    63%    62%    59%
Repealed             23     31     28     28     29     26     32     34     33
DK/NA                 6      6      5      6      6      6      5      5      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Kept                 69%    57%    50%    60%    68%    67%
Repealed             25     37     43     32     28     29
DK/NA                 6      6      7      8      4      4
 
 
39. Thinking about gun policy at Virginia's state colleges and universities, do you think guns should be allowed on college campuses or don't you think they should be allowed?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Allowed              20%    31%     9%    21%    31%    11%    23%    12%
Not allowed          75     63     89     74     63     85     73     84
DK/NA                 5      6      2      5      6      4      4      4
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Allowed              21%    24%    23%    22%    27%    20%    24%    23%    16%
Not allowed          74     72     72     73     67     76     73     73     78
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      6      4      3      4      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Allowed              19%    21%    16%    18%    24%    23%
Not allowed          76     74     82     76     71     73
DK/NA                 5      5      3      6      4      4
 
 
40. Do you think those with a permit to carry a concealed weapon should be allowed to bring that gun on college campuses or don't you think they should be allowed to do so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Allowed              32%    46%    16%    35%    43%    23%    36%    19%
Not allowed          65     50     82     63     54     74     61     79
DK/NA                 3      4      2      2      3      3      3      2
 
                     WHITE..................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BornAgnEvan   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Allowed              36%    36%    36%    36%    37%    34%    38%    37%    24%
Not allowed          61     61     60     62     58     64     61     62     72
DK/NA                 2      3      4      2      5      2      2      2      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Allowed              34%    31%    25%    27%    36%    36%
Not allowed          64     65     73     69     63     62
DK/NA                 2      3      2      3      2      2
 
 

Demographic Summary