-PPP's newest Virginia poll finds that voters in the state narrowly support the Affordable Care Act, 44/42. This really exemplifies how much opinions have shifted on Obamacare- it used to be that when we polled on it in any swing state it would be very unpopular. These numbers show that if anything the ACA will probably be a wash politically in the Presidential race next year and it may end up being a boon to Democrats if the trend of its increasing popularity continues.
Meanwhile Medicaid expansion remains a very popular concept with Virginia voters- 56% support it compared to only 30% who are opposed. That includes 54/32 favor from independents, who pretty well mirror the overall electorate on the issue.
-There is even more overwhelming support from Virginians on another pair of pieces of progressive legislation. 64% in the state think all workers should get a minimum number of paid sick days, with only 19% opposed to that concept. And an equal 64% think borrowers should be able to deduct their student loan payments on their state income taxes, to just 20% against that. On both of those issues there is agreement across party lines- 79% of Democrats, 59% of independents, and 52% of Republicans support paid sick days. And 69% of Democrats, 63% of independents, and 57% of Republicans favor deductions of student loan payments.
-The reaction of Virginians to the legalization of gay marriage in the state is proving to be a pretty resounding 'no big deal.' 73% of voters say it's had either a positive impact on their lives or no impact at all, with only 27% claiming that's actually been a negative thing for them. Even among Republican voters 58% grant that it hasn't had any sort of adverse impact on them.
-In the wake of last month's Charleston shooting Virginians are resoundingly in support of background checks on all gun purchases, and opposed to flying the confederate flag in public places. 86% favor background checks to just 8% who are against them, including 91% support from Democrats, 84% from Republicans, and 81% from independents. In the last month we've also found 86/10 support for them in North Carolina, 85/9 support for them in Michigan, and 90/9 support for them nationally.
Just 35% of Virginians support the flying of the Confederate flag over government buildings, to 51% who are opposed. Those numbers are similar to the 38/48 opposition we found in North Carolina last week. Even in southern states voters don't think that flag should fly anymore. This is an issue though where the Republican base is well out of line with the public at large. In Virginia GOP voters support continuing to fly the flag 60/26 even as both Democrats (16/74) and independents (33/49) are strongly opposed. It was the same thing in North Carolina where Republicans (58/25) backed the flag while Democrats (22/68) and independents (37/47) opposed it. This attitude about the flag may complicate Republican efforts to expand the diversity of their party.