Forty-three percent said mining should be allowed, compared with 41 percent who were opposed.
Virginia voters also weighed in on the state’s budget situation. Mr. McDonnell on Monday released his two-year, $85 billion spending blueprint that balances the budget with no tax increases, though he did include $10 million in fees to help fund the Department of Motor Vehicles.
A plurality of voters, 48 percent to 42 percent, said a projected $1 billion deficit the state faces should be balanced with only spending cuts. The vote split along party lines: Republicans favored a cuts-only approach by a margin of 65 percent to 27 percent, while Democrats supported a mix of tax increases and cuts by 51 percent to 39 percent. Independents agreed with Democrats, 49 percent to 41 percent.
The poll surveyed 1,135 voters on land lines and cellphones from Dec. 13-19 and has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.
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