February 21, 2013 - Virginia Voters Back Photo Id For Voting 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Let Home-School Kids Play On School Teams, Voters Say

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Virginia voters say 75 - 23 percent that voters should be required to bring photo ID to cast their ballot on Election Day, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters also say 68 - 25 percent that home-schooled children should be able to play athletics on public school teams, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

Voters also support 71 - 23 percent the restoration of voting rights for non-violent felons who have served out their prison sentence.

Support for the photo ID requirement is 95 - 4 percent among Republicans, 57 - 41 percent among Democrats, 78 - 20 percent among independent voters, 79 - 19 percent among white voters and 66 - 34 percent among black voters.

There is no gender gap as 77 percent of men and 74 percent of women support the idea.

"There appears to be overwhelming support among Virginia voters for a number of measures that went through the legislative process," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The voter photo ID bill is similar to ones that have been passed - and are being challenged in court - in a number of states. Generally, polls show similar high support levels for such requirements in a number of states in which the issue has been raised.

"Although the measure enjoys broad public support - including 57 percent of Democrats - it has been controversial, with Democratic and African-American leaders opposing the legislation," said Brown. "The measure has majority support from all demographic groups surveyed, including black voters by 66 - 34 percent." Click here to link to a downloadable video of Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Assistant Director Tim Malloy discussing photo ID requirements for voting, home schooling, and Presidential and Senate approval.

The legislation that would allow home-schooled kids to play on the athletic teams fielded by their local public schools scored almost as well with the voting public and just as uniformly. Like the photo ID measure, majorities of every demographic group support the idea: 72 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of independent voters, 64 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of women, 67 percent of men, 68 percent of white voters, 64 percent of black voters and 70 percent of voters with children in public schools.

The idea of restoring felons' voting rights once prison time is served follows much the same model, but its support is a bit less even across the spectrum. Only 58 percent of Republicans back it, but 83 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independent voters do. There is no gender gap, as 69 percent of men and 73 percent of women back the measure. There is a racial gap as 67 percent of white voters and 90 percent of black voters back the measure.

President, Senate Approvals

The racial gap also is evident, as has been the case since his first inauguration, when it comes to President Barack Obama, who has an overall 51 - 46 percent job approval rating. He gets a negative 40 - 57 percent approval from white voters and a positive 89 - 8 percent approval from black voters.

The same is true of gender, with women giving him a thumbs-up 57 - 40 percent, while men give him a negative 44 - 53 percent.

Virginia's two U.S. Senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both enjoy solid public support. Warner, the state's most popular politician, gets a 58 - 28 percent approval rating while freshman Kaine gets a 50 - 33 percent score.

From February 14 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,112 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.

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9. 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              58%    45%    73%    57%    59%    57%    57%    64%
Disapprove           28     42     17     27     29     27     30     22
DK/NA                14     13     11     16     12     16     14     14
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              59%    55%    52%    60%    59%    55%    50%    57%
Disapprove           31     29     35     28     31     28     36     29
DK/NA                11     16     13     12     10     17     14     15
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              61%    56%    59%    59%    55%    64%    53%    57%
Disapprove           28     28     21     32     33     19     34     29
DK/NA                11     16     19      9     12     17     13     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mark Warner is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High also 64% Sep 2011, **Low also 57% Jun 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 21  Jan 09  Nov 14  Jul 18  Jun 06  Feb 09  Jul 18
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2012*   2012**
 
Approve              58      59      60      57      60      64      57
Disapprove           28      27      25      24      21      22      24
DK/NA                14      13      16      19      19      14      19
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tim Kaine is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              50%    25%    78%    50%    48%    52%    46%    68%
Disapprove           33     56     12     29     37     29     36     21
DK/NA                17     20     10     21     15     18     18     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              51%    44%    38%    52%    44%    49%    33%    49%
Disapprove           33     38     44     36     41     32     47     36
DK/NA                16     19     17     12     15     20     20     16
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              54%    48%    53%    55%    48%    58%    46%    49%
Disapprove           30     34     30     29     39     32     35     33
DK/NA                16     18     18     16     13     10     19     18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tim Kaine is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Feb 21  Jan 09
                     2013    2013
 
Approve              50      48
Disapprove           33      30
DK/NA                17      22
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              51%     7%    94%    45%    44%    57%    40%    89%
Disapprove           46     91      4     50     53     40     57      8
DK/NA                 4      2      2      5      3      4      3      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              45%    37%    32%    40%    33%    46%    23%    41%
Disapprove           52     60     65     58     66     50     75     56
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      1      4      3      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              53%    49%    58%    52%    42%    56%    49%    50%
Disapprove           44     47     38     45     56     40     49     46
DK/NA                 3      4      4      2      3      4      2      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 52% Nov 2012)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 21  Jan 10  Nov 14  Jul 19  Jun 07  Jan 10  Sep 15
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2013*   2011
 
Approve              51      52      52      45      48      52      40
Disapprove           46      44      44      51      47      44      54
DK/NA                 4       3       4       4       5       3       6
 
 
17. Do you think voters should or should not be required to show a photo identification before they are allowed to vote on Election Day in Virginia?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  75%    95%    57%    78%    77%    74%    79%    66%
No                   23      4     41     20     22     24     19     34
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      2      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  71%    85%    85%    84%    80%    79%    90%    80%
No                   27     14     13     15     19     19      9     19
DK/NA                 1      2      2      1      1      2      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  66%    81%    78%    75%    74%    76%    79%    72%
No                   32     18     21     23     26     23     21     26
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      -      1      1      2
 
 
18. Do you think home-schooled students in Virginia should or should not be allowed to play on public school sports teams?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Allowed to play      68%    72%    64%    65%    67%    68%    68%    64%
Not allowed          25     21     28     27     27     23     24     32
DK/NA                 7      7      7      8      6      8      7      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Allowed to play      66%    70%    67%    81%    68%    69%    70%    71%
Not allowed          27     22     26     15     25     24     23     24
DK/NA                 7      8      7      4      7      8      6      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Allowed to play      64%    70%    74%    64%    65%    73%    74%    60%
Not allowed          30     22     19     29     30     25     23     28
DK/NA                 6      8      7      8      6      2      3     12
 
                     HAVE KIDS......
                     <18    InPubSch
 
Allowed to play      73%    70%
Not allowed          24     27
DK/NA                 3      3
 
 
19. Do you think people who are convicted of non-violent felonies in Virginia should or should not be automatically allowed to vote after they've served their sentences?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Allowed to vote      71%    58%    83%    73%    69%    73%    67%    90%
Not allowed          23     35     12     22     28     19     27      8
DK/NA                 6      7      5      5      3      8      6      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Allowed to vote      66%    68%    61%    70%    63%    70%    65%    62%
Not allowed          28     26     31     25     33     22     29     31
DK/NA                 7      6      7      5      4      9      5      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Allowed to vote      69%    73%    76%    76%    67%    78%    71%    70%
Not allowed          25     22     21     21     26     17     25     24
DK/NA                 7      5      3      4      7      5      4      6
 
 

Demographic Summary