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Date published: 11/16/2012
Respondents were split over uranium mining in the state with 41 percent in favor and 40 percent opposed. Proposals to mine a uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County provoked deep differences. Many fear its polluting effects, particularly in Southside Virginia and the Hampton Roads regions dependent on the Lake Gaston watershed for drinking water. Others contend it will provide jobs and make the nation less dependent on foreign energy. Among the legislature's most weighty and emotional decisions next year will be whether to lift Virginia's ban on mining the radioactive metal.
Year-round public school is a bad idea, said 51 percent of those polled; 43 percent liked the idea. Voters with kids in public schools were about split on the proposal with 50 percent in support and 47 percent opposed. College-educated respondents supported all-year school 50 percent to 44 percent.
Forty-nine percent felt it should be easier to fire public school teachers while 42 percent did not. The poll found a wide partisan split with 63 percent of Republicans liking the idea and 60 percent of Democrats opposing it.
Tolls on parts of Interstate 95 south of Richmond is a non-starter with 57 percent of those surveyed while 38 percent support it. Asked whether they'd prefer tolls or higher gasoline taxes to pay for the repair and upkeep of roads, however, 56 percent preferred tolls to 32 percent who preferred to pay at the pump.