What do we want? Virginia voters leaning Republican, but support Democratic issues

cnu-logoPolling done this week by Christopher Newport University shows that Virginia voters are leaning Republican in the 2015 Virginia General Assembly races. But at the same time, voters are showing strong support for policy positions on key issues like minimum wage, gun control, payday lending restrictions and redistricting reform advocated by Democratic candidates.

By a 65-32 margin, voters back an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour by 2017. A stronger majority, 75-22, supports more thorough background checks for those attempting to buy firearms.

A bigger majority still backs increased regulation of payday lenders (82-12).

The redistricting reform issue has more of a split, with 46 percent saying they support reform, and 36 percent opposing.

– Story by Chris Graham

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