ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Localities throughout the Commonwealth have adopted a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution, but recent statewide polling shows overwhelming support for some gun control initiatives.
A Roanoke College’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research poll found support for an assault weapon ban and other measures supported by Democrats, who will take control of the General Assembly in January.
Pollsters interviewed 609 Virginia residents from Nov. 10 – 20., with results having a plus or minus four percentage points margin of error.
On the issue of universal background checks for firearm purchases, 84% were in favor vs. 10 % were opposed.
Red flag laws garnered 76% in support, in contrast to 14% in opposition.
Red flag laws refer to the police or a family member’s request for a court-ordered removal of guns from a person considered dangerous, according to the Associated Press.
A ban on assault weapons received 57% support versus 30% opposed.
Another issue that was polled was whether to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which received 73% in favor and 10% in opposition.
The Equal Rights Amendment would outlaw discrimination based on gender. If the General Assembly passes the amendment, Virginia would be the 38th state to do so, fulfilling the constitutional threshold for approval.
Harry Wilson, Director of the Roanoke College Poll said, “The policy preferences expressed in this poll reinforce the Democratic victories in the General Assembly races in early November. A majority of Virginians seem to be on board with much of the Democratic agenda for the state although support for some policies is stronger than for others.”
The people who participated in the poll were from a landline sample from random-digit numbers generated in proportion to the Virginia population, according to Roanoke College.
Pollsters made effort “to ensure that different regions of the Commonwealth were proportionally represented,” said the college.
A copy of the questionnaire can be found here.
Here is the full list of issues polled and the results.
|Universal background checks for firearms||84%||10%|
|Red flag law (family member)||76%||14%|
|Pass Equal Rights Amendment||73%||10%|
|Regulations that may slow the effects of climate change||68%||15%|
|Raise minimum wage to $15 over several years||66%||24%|
|Reduce prison population and prison racial disparities||59%||16%|
|Assault weapons ban||57%||30%|
|Make it easier for a woman to obtain an abortion||53%||30%|
|Require workers to pay dues in unionized workplace||38%||43%|
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