Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Miscellaneous West Virginia information

West Virginia could be getting even more red.  49% of West Virginians support impeaching Barack Obama while only 37% are opposed to impeaching him.  64% of Republicans support impeaching him.  These are among the highest numbers in the country that Public Policy Polling has found, since they started asking the questions.

Senator Joe Manchin has seen his popularity decline in West Virginia.  His favorability is now 46/44.  Most people will assume that it has to do with his support of a background check bill that ultimately failed in the Senate.  But according to this poll, 33% of respondents said that they are more likely to vote for Manchin because of his support for the background checks bill, while only 29% said that it made them less likely.  What's more is that 67% of West Virginians support background checks on all gun sales.  It doesn't seem like the support of background checks is actually hurting job performance.

Ted Cruz believed that the majority of Americans want Obamacare to be defunded even if it means shutting down the government.  Even in as red of a state as West Virginia, only 40% support shutting down the government to defund Obamacare.  With 37% saying they oppose it.  Not really a clear majority.

West Virginia is not likely to legalize same sex marriage anytime soon.  As only 23% believe that same sex marriage should be legal in West Virginia, while 70% say it should not be legal.  Unlike in most states, there is not a groundswell of support among younger voters compared to older voters.  In most states, the biggest supporters of same sex marriage are the voters who are 18-29.  But if you phrase the question to include same sex marriage or civil unions, 49% of West Virginians support this as opposed to 48% who say that same sex couples should have no legal recognition.  But in West Virginia, only 16% think that discrimination in employment and housing should be legal compared to 68% who say it should not.  These type of polls show that many people still have a problem with the definition of marriage being applied to same sex couples.  This indicates that people should be focusing on the arguments for same sex marriage that show how it is in fact discrimination as opposed to just advocating for same sex marriage.


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