March 28, 2013 - Keep Gun Permit Info Private, Virginia Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Voters Divided By Gender, Race On Expanding Medicaid

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Virginia voters say 60 - 35 percent that the names of people with permits to carry concealed weapons should not be made public, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support for keeping concealed gun permit information concealed is strong among all groups except Democrats, who want to open the books 55 - 40 percent, and black voters, who say 50 - 42 percent the names should be public, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Old Dominium voters are sharply divided along gender, political and racial lines on the idea of expanding the state's Medicaid program with 45 percent backing the idea and 43 percent opposed. Democrats want to expand Medicaid 73 - 18 percent, while opposition is 67 - 22 percent among Republicans and 47 - 40 percent among independent voters.

Women back expansion 48 - 39 percent, with men opposed 48 - 42 percent. Black voters support Medicaid expansion 68 - 20 percent, with white voters opposed 50 - 38 percent.

The state's recently-enacted transportation funding plan is a "good thing," voters say 33 - 11 percent, but 55 percent don't know enough about the plan to form an opinion.

For the first time since his re-election, President Barack Obama slips below the 50 percent mark on his job approval, with a negative 45 - 49 percent score, down from 51 - 46 percent February 21.

"Although the fight in the legislature over the governor's transportation package was bitter and divisive, the voting public isn't nearly as split over the plan," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "While more than half the voters don't have a view on the plan, support among those who know about the issue is 3-1."

"It will be interesting to see if Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli's criticism of the package, presented by fellow Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, plays a role in the race for governor," said Brown.

"On the question of keeping secret the names of those with concealed weapons permits, almost everyone has an opinion and it strongly supports keeping those names out of public view," said Brown.

"We'll watch to see if President Barack Obama's job approval drop is a temporary blip or the beginning of something larger.

"One thing that may be hurting the president's approval rating is the implementation of automatic cuts in the federal budget from the sequester. Virginia voters are very unhappy about it taking effect. And some of that unhappiness may be rubbing off on the president."

The cuts are a "bad thing for the country," voters say 50 - 24 percent, including 47 - 31 percent among men and 52 - 17 percent among women.

The level of pain seems to shift along partisan lines as Democrats say the cuts are bad 62 - 10 percent, compared to 46 - 27 percent among independent voters and 46 - 33 percent among Republicans.

The sequester-driven budget cuts are bad for them personally, Virginia voters say 40 - 18 percent.

From March 20 - 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,098 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 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 information or RSS feed, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, or call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

9. 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              45%     9%    92%    38%    38%    51%    34%    90%
Disapprove           49     89      4     53     58     42     61      5
DK/NA                 6      2      3      9      4      7      5      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              49%    43%    48%    42%    46%    45%    47%    44%
Disapprove           47     51     45     54     51     45     50     52
DK/NA                 4      6      8      3      3     10      3      4
 
                                   East/  West/
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh
 
Approve              51%    46%    48%    30%
Disapprove           45     47     46     66
DK/NA                 5      6      6      5
 
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
                     Mar 28  Feb 21  Jan 10  Nov 14  Jul 19  Jan 10  Sep 15
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2013*   2011
 
Approve              45      51      52      52      45      52      40
Disapprove           49      46      44      44      51      44      54
DK/NA                 6       4       3       4       4       3       6
 
 
18. As you may know Medicaid is a government program that pays for health care for low-income people and others with certain disabilities. Do you think that increasing the number of people eligible for Medicaid coverage in Virginia is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            45%    22%    73%    40%    42%    48%    38%    68%
Bad idea             43     67     18     47     48     39     50     20
DK/NA                12     11      9     13     11     13     12     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Good idea            41%    47%    51%    40%    38%    48%    44%    44%
Bad idea             49     40     37     49     53     44     48     40
DK/NA                10     13     12     11      9      8      8     17
 
                                   East/  West/
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh
 
Good idea            48%    47%    46%    36%
Bad idea             43     39     43     49
DK/NA                 9     14     11     15
 
 
19. Do you think the names of people who have concealed handgun permits in Virginia should or should not be open to the public?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Open to public       35%    17%    55%    32%    27%    41%    30%    50%
Not open             60     76     40     64     68     53     65     42
DK/NA                 5      7      5      4      4      6      5      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Open to public       35%    34%    34%    34%    34%    35%    29%    38%
Not open             61     60     59     64     62     60     67     54
DK/NA                 4      6      7      3      4      5      3      7
 
                                   East/  West/  Miltry
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  HsHlds
 
Open to public       39%    30%    34%    34%    32%
Not open             57     62     61     61     63
DK/NA                 5      7      5      5      5
 
                     DENSITY............  GUN HSHOLD    HvKids
                     Urban  Suburb Rural  Yes    No     <18
 
Open to public       38%    39%    27%    29%    41%    28%
Not open             55     57     69     67     52     67
DK/NA                 7      4      4      4      7      4
 
 
20. As you may know, Virginia's legislature passed a transportation funding plan last month. All in all, do you think this transportation funding plan is a good thing or a bad thing for Virginia, or don't you know enough about it to say?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good thing           33%    32%    37%    32%    39%    29%    34%    33%
Bad thing            11     10      6     13     15      8     11      6
Don't know enough    55     58     57     53     46     63     54     61
REFUSED               1      -      -      1      1      -      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Good thing           39%    30%    30%    34%    40%    24%    39%    35%
Bad thing            15      9      7     12     16      8     15      8
Don't know enough    45     61     63     53     44     67     46     55
REFUSED               -      1      1      -      -      -      -      1
 
                                   East/  West/
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh
 
Good thing           39%    34%    31%    29%
Bad thing            13     11     10      9
Don't know enough    47     54     59     61
REFUSED               -      1      1      1
 
 
21. As you may know, automatic cuts in the federal budget, known as sequestration, went into effect on March 1. All in all, do you think the sequestration is a good thing or a bad thing for the country, or don't you know enough about it to say?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good thing           24%    33%    10%    27%    31%    17%    27%     9%
Bad thing            50     46     62     46     47     52     51     49
Don't know enough    26     19     28     26     20     30     21     41
REFUSED               1      2      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Good thing           29%    20%    17%    28%    30%    18%    25%    27%
Bad thing            61     43     39     55     63     40     57     47
Don't know enough     9     36     42     17      6     43     17     24
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      -      1      2
 
                                   East/  West/  Miltry
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  HsHlds
 
Good thing           27%    12%    26%    27%    26%
Bad thing            59     59     40     45     53
Don't know enough    12     27     33     28     20
REFUSED               2      1      1      -      1
 
 
22. All in all, do you think the sequestration is a good thing or a bad thing for you personally, or don't you know enough about it to say?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good thing           18%    27%     8%    19%    25%    12%    21%     6%
Bad thing            40     37     50     37     39     41     40     39
Don't know enough    35     27     37     38     28     40     31     51
REFUSED               7      8      6      6      8      6      7      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Good thing           22%    16%    13%    23%    23%    11%    18%    23%
Bad thing            52     33     32     42     52     35     50     34
Don't know enough    19     44     51     27     16     48     25     37
REFUSED               8      6      4      8      8      5      8      6
 
                                   East/  West/  Miltry
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  HsHlds
 
Good thing           19%     8%    20%    23%    21%
Bad thing            51     53     29     32     43
Don't know enough    20     33     44     40     28
REFUSED              10      6      7      5      8
 
 

Demographic Summary