Poll: Virginians back photo ID and ‘Tebow’ rule

Posted at 8:48 AM, Feb 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-21 08:48:22-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — A new poll shows most Virginians believe, 75–23, that voters should be required to bring a photo ID with them when they head to the polls.

This and the belief that home schooled children should be able to play athletics on public school teams, were all revealed in the latest Quinnipiac University Poll.

Virginians support the so-called “Tebow” rule 68–25, named after Tim Tebow, the college football star and NFL player who was home schooled in Florida, but allowed to play on a public school football team.

Voters also support the restoration of voting for non-violent felons who have completed their prison sentence.

Support for ID requirements is still popular among Democrats and Republicans, but much less so for Democrats. Republicans support the requirement 95–4 percent while support among Democrats is much less enthusiastic at 78–20.

Allowing home schooled student athletes the opportunity to play on public school teams remains popular among all demographic groups. 72 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of independent voters and 64 percent of Democrats support it. 70 percent of voters with children support it, as do 68 percent of white voters and 64 percent of black voters.

Restoring the voting rights of non-violent felons is still popular among all voting groups, but much more so for Democrats and Black voters. They support idea 83 percent to 90 percent respectively. While only 58 percent of Republicans, 73 percent of independents and 67 percent of whites support the idea.

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating from Virginians sheds light on a racial gap. Obama’s overall rating sits at 51 to 46 percent. However, among white voters his approval rating dips down 40 – 57 percent and shoots back up to 89 – 8 percent among black voters.

Mark Warner remains as the most popular in politician Virginia with a job approval rating of  58 to to 28 percent.  Recently elected Tim Kaine still only has an approval rating of a bout 50 to 33 percent.