NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Voters in Virginia show they largely support Democratic policy proposals, according to a new survey released by the Wason Center for Civic Leadership at Christopher Newport University.
The Wason Center for Civic Leadership interviewed 1,003 registered voters in Virginia, including 427 on landline phones and 576 on cell phones. Those interviews were conducted from Feb. 28 through March 17, 2021.
On a scale of 0-10 (liberal to conservative with a midpoint of 5), the Virginia voters’ average was 5.83, Republicans’ self-score was 8.11, Democrats’ 3.57, and independents’ 5.72.
The survey showed that voters support Democrats’ proposals on changing the current U.S policy on health care, with 76% supporting Medicare to an all-that-want-it program.
73% of Virginia voters support providing a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants now in the U.S., with even stronger support for “Dreamers” at 94%. 65% of voters support a “Green New Deal” to address climate change by government investment in “green” jobs and infrastructure.
“These findings reveal a political danger zone between policy and ideology,” said Wason Center Research Director Dr. Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo. “That will become a war zone as this year’s election for governor and House of Delegates tests whether the Democrats moved too far and too fast with a progressive legislative agenda since they won full control two years ago.”
61% of Virginia voters pointed to unfairness in the system favoring the wealthy, as did 93% of Democrats and 72% of independents, while 70% of Republicans said the more important problem is over-regulation of the free market interfering with growth. Overall, 69% of Virginia voters favor imposing a higher tax rate on annual income over $1 million.
The survey reveals more policy gaps between self-identified Republicans and ideological conservatives than between Democrats and ideological liberals.