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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:04 pm, Tue Jul 22, 2014.

More likely Virginia voters support expanding Medicaid than not, with deep divides along party lines.

Overall, likely voters support expansion 51 percent to 42 percent, with 86 percent of Democrats in favor and 76 percent of Republicans opposed, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

Independents oppose expansion 51 percent to 42 percent.

The poll surveyed Virginia voters on a variety of issues, including the state’s same-sex marriage ban, ethics reform and limits on gifts to lawmakers.

A majority of likely voters say they oppose Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, with 56 percent against and 36 percent in favor of the ban. Seven percent had no view.

The result shows a marked shift from a 2006 Virginia vote in which 57 percent supported the ban and 43 percent opposed it.

Asked whether they support banning gifts of $100 or more from a single person to an elected official and their family, 76 percent said yes and 17 percent opposed.

Sixty-four percent of likely voters back the creation of a bipartisan ethics commission. In the wake of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s gifts controversy, both major party candidates for governor have proposed reforms to Virginia’s gift and disclosure laws.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli have proposed forming an independent ethics commission to oversee and enforce stronger ethics rules for Virginia elected officials and staff.

McAuliffe has said that if elected, he would issue an executive order to impose a ban on the governor and resident family members accepting gifts exceeding $100. He also would seek legislative approval to extend the $100 limit to the office of the lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the Virginia General Assembly.

Cuccinelli has also called for a cap on gifts to lawmakers and gifts to immediate family members.

The survey shows that 43 percent of likely voters support amending Virginia’s constitution to take the once-every-10-years redistricting from the General Assembly and give it to an independent commission. Another 32 percent oppose the idea.

The poll of 944 registered voters — including 753 likely voters — was taken Oct. 8-13 and the survey’s overall margin of error is 3.2 percentage points and 3.6 percentage points for likely voters.


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