Constituent Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete my 2012 General Assembly Constituent Survey.  We received over 300 responses!  The feedback from this survey helps me represent the interests of our region more effectively, and allows me to provide a strong voice for our citizens in Richmond.  The results are below, but I want to continue this dialogue and keep communication open.  If you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns, please contact me at [email protected], or via telephone at (757) 645-5298.

Respectfully Yours,

Mike

 

Survey Results:

1.  Should the Commonwealth require that a certain percentage of local education funding be used for classroom instruction, which includes classroom supplies and teacher pay, as compared to non-instructional services?

Yes – 71.6%

No – 23.7%

Undecided – 4.7%

 

2.  Do you support ending automatic teacher tenure, which generally guarantees a permanent contract for veteran teachers, for public K-12 teachers in Virginia?

Yes – 73.2%

No – 24.4%

Undecided – 2.4%

 

3.  Virginia continues to face budget constraints due to the lingering effects of the nationwide recession. How do you believe the General Assembly should address such budgetary constraints?

Cut Spending – 55.9%

Raise Taxes – 7.2%

Cut Spending and Raise Taxes – 36.9%

 

4.  Is it appropriate for the state government to provide tax incentives for businesses to move to or expand in Virginia, thereby creating more jobs?

Yes – 84.3%

No – 13.5%

Undecided – 2.1%

 

5.  E-Verify is a program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security, which allows prospective employers to check the legal status of a job applicant. Currently, E-Verify is required for all Federal employees, Federal contractors, subcontractors, and Virginia’s public sector employees. Should the Commonwealth require private sector employers, as well as state contractors and subcontractors, to use the E-Verify system to combat hiring of illegal aliens?

Yes – 79.6%

No – 19.3%

Undecided – 1.1%

 

6.  If you believe transportation requires additional funding, are you willing to:

Create tolls on high volume roads to increase transportation revenues – 2.42

Pay higher state gas taxes, the primary means of funding the current system – 2.60

Reprioritize current state funding from other government areas to transportation – 2.64

Dedicate a portion of revenue from new business at our ports for transportation projects in the Hampton Roads Area – 2.15

*Note:  This question was ranked from one to four with one indicating most preferable and four indicating least preferable.  The ratings were averaged, so the lower the average rating given above, the higher the preference for that option was.

 

7. Virginia is a Right-to-Work state, meaning in the Commonwealth no individual can be compelled to join a union in order to work. Do you support adding Virginia’s Right-to-Work law to the State Constitution, which would give it greater weight and make it more difficult to undo in the future?

Yes – 68.5%

No – 29.8%

Undecided – 1.7%

 

8.  The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) administers retirement programs for state workers, public school teachers and various local workers and constitutional officers. At present, the VRS is underfunded. Which of the following alternatives would you support to help reform the current Virginia Retirement System?

Moving from a defined benefit system – 61.9%

Increasing the employee contribution share – 75.2%

Raising the age of eligibility for VRS – 65.2%

*Note:  For this question, respondents were asked to check all that apply.  The percentage indicates the percentage of individuals who checked that option out of all individuals who answered the question.

 

9.  Should voters have the option to register by political party?

Yes – 70.0%

No – 22.7%

Undecided – 7.3%

 

10.  Do you support the exploration of natural gas and oil off the coastal water areas of Virginia?

Yes – 79.3%

No – 20.0%

Undecided – 1.1%

 

11.  Do you support providing state funding for research on alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass?

Yes – 54.8%

No – 43.8%

Undecided – 2.1%

 

12.  Do you support expanding nuclear power in Virginia?

Yes – 77.7%

No – 20.6%

Undecided – 2.1%