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Wason Poll: Virginia Voters Favor Gun Control Legislation, With Democrats Now in Control of the General Assembly

Polls on the November General Election
Polls on the November General Election 2019. (VPM News)

With Democrats now in control of the General Assembly, a poll from Christopher Newport University’s Wason Centerreleased Monday indicates Virginia voters strongly support much of their priorities. That includes issues like gun control, the Equal Rights Amendment, decriminalizing marijuana and redistricting reform. 

On gun control -- the poll shows support for background checks is 86%. But the highest opposition on these regulations was on banning assault-style weapons - with 42 percent saying they “oppose” or “strongly oppose it.”

Support for passing the Equal Rights Amendment remains basically unchanged from last year, with 80 percent of voters backing the move.

Wason Center’s Rachel Bitecofer said, “Although we have been asking about these issues for a long time, this is the first time the atmosphere has been conducive to their becoming law.”

Also - only a slight majority opposed giving localities authority to remove or alter confederate monuments.

The 2020 General Assembly Session begins January 8th. It’s the first time in more than 20 years Democrats have held the majority