For anyone who tries to claim that progressive policies aren’t also majority – and by definition centrist/mainstream – policies, check out these Q-poll results for Virginia.
- “Virginia voters support 94 – 5 percent, including 90 – 8 percent among Republicans, background checks for all gun buyers.”
- By a 62%-32% margin, Virginians support limiting people to one handgun per month.
- “If more people carried guns, Virginia would be less safe, 53 percent of voters say, while 35 percent say it would be safer.”
- “Virginia voters support 59 – 35 percent allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.”
- “By an overwhelming 92 – 6 percent, voters support allowing adults to use marijuana for medical use if a doctor prescribes it.”
- “Virginia voters also say 59 – 30 percent that increasing the number of people eligible for Medicaid coverage is a ‘good idea.'”
- Quinnipiac didn’t poll on other issues, like support for clean energy or LGBT equality or a woman’s right to choose, but previous polls have found support for those as well.
Given that General Assembly Republicans are almost universally in the minority on all these issues, and given that they control the General Assembly, it’s perhaps no wonder that only 38% of Virginians approve “of the way the state legislature is handling its job.” Now, the key is to translate this sentiment into votes this November, specifically votes FOR progressive/Democratic candidates and against right wingnuts/Republicans.