New Poll: Virginia Voters Do NOT Want Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid; Prefer...

New Poll: Virginia Voters Do NOT Want Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid; Prefer Higher Taxes on the Rich

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The following poll numbers (also see the “flip” for more) come from Public Policy Polling, for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC).  A few interesting findings that jumped out at me are: 1) Bob McDonnell within 4 points of Mark Warner for U.S. Senate in 2014; 2) any support by Sen. Warner for cutting Medicare and/or Medicaid, including raising the retirement age, would make 33% of voters “less likely” to vote for him (vs. 22% who say “more likely”); and 3) Virginia voters believe President Obama's mandate in this election is far more to focus on jobs (46%) than on the debt (22%). Let's hope our leaders are listening…

New Poll Results:

QUESTION: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Democrat Mark Warner is handling his job as US Senator?

Approve ………………………………………………….54%

Disapprove……………………………………………… 36%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 11%

QUESTION: If the election for Senate were held today, and the choices were Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Bob McDonnell, who would you vote for? 


Mark Warner …………………………………………… 50%

Bob McDonnell ……………………………………….. 46%

Undecided………………………………………………. 4%

QUESTION: If Senator Mark Warner supported any cuts to Medicare and Medicaid benefits, including raising the retirement age or reducing cost of living adjustments, would that make you more or less likely to vote for him, or would it make no difference to your vote? (419 voters, MOE +/-4.8%)

More likely………………………………………………. 22%
Less likely ………………………………………………. 33%
Wouldn't make a difference……………………….. 39%
Not sure…………………………………………………. 7%

Virginia poll: All questions were asked of 877 registered VA voters, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 2012. MOE +/-3.3%, unless otherwise noted. 

Poll Results from Friday:

QUESTION: In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose raising tax rates on those with incomes over $250,000 a year?

Virginia                Support 63%         Oppose 31%          Not sure 6%

Illinois                  Support 67%          Oppose 27%         Not sure 6%   

New Hampshire    Support 66%         Oppose 29%        Not sure 5%

AVERAGE            Support 65.3%     Oppose 29%         Not sure 5.6%

 

QUESTION: Which do you think more accurately reflects President Obama’s mandate in this election: reducing the debt or investing in job creation?

Virginia*                Debt 22%    Jobs 46%        Not sure 32%

Illinois*                  Debt 23%     Jobs 52%         Not sure 25%

New Hampshire*    Debt 22%    Jobs 49%        Not sure 29%

AVERAGE           Debt 22.3%    Jobs 49%        Not sure 28.6%

 

Virginia poll: All questions were asked of 877 registered VA voters, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 2012. MOE +/-3.3%, unless otherwise noted. 
Illinois poll: All questions were asked of 800 registered IL voters, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 2012.  MOE +/-3.5%, unless otherwise noted. 
New Hampshire poll: All questions were asked of 1,018 registered NH voters, Nov 14-15 2012. MOE +/-3.1, unless otherwise noted.