Some folks in Virginia thought Terry McAulliffe’s win for Governor would assure Hillary a win here in 2016. That does not appear to be the case. Hillary’s future in Virginia is tied to the popularity of President Obama. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll in three key swing states Hillary’s unfavorable ratings are matched almost exactly to Obama’s disapproval ratings. [read_more]
Clinton’s unfavorable ratings are 56 percent in Colorado, 56 percent in Iowa and 50 percent in Virginia;
Obama’s job disapproval ratings are 56 percent in Colorado, 56 percent in Iowa and 51 percent in Virginia.
“”These numbers argue that whoever wins, the Democratic nominee needs President Obama to improve his standing with voters, at least in these three states.”
Over 1,200 voters were polled in Virginia with these results,
Virginia voters agree 64 – 27 percent with Pope Francis’ call for action on climate change. Agreement is 84 – 10 percent among Democrats and 69 – 23 percent among independent voters, while Republicans disagree by a slim 46 – 42 percent. Voters say by a narrow 50 – 44 percent that climate change is not a moral issue, but say 64 – 27 percent that it is caused by human activity. Voters support same-sex marriage 49 – 43 percent, and 49 percent support the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, with 46 percent opposed. They oppose 55 – 40 percent a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same-sex marriage. Businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians, voters say 61 – 32 percent, but they are divided 45 – 47 percent on whether a business owner who cites religious beliefs should be allowed to deny service to gays or lesbians. On other issues:
- Virginia voters oppose 50 – 44 percent the Affordable Care Act;
- Voters say 54 – 37 percent that the federal government should pursue policies to try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less well-off Americans;
- Voters support 56 – 38 percent raising taxes on higher income earners to reduce taxes paid by the middle class.
More poll results here.