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SURVEY RESULTS: 2019 Fourth District Survey

Q1: President Trump has asked Congress to allocate funding to build a physical wall on our southern border with Mexico. Some Members of Congress prefer a border security strategy that includes the use of technology and increased personnel to support our ports of entry, as well as more judges to expedite immigration cases. Do you believe Congress should fund President Trump’s proposed wall across the southern border?

A1: Congress should fund a wall on our southern border as a top priority 1096 (22.6%)
A2: Congress should invest in other border security measures but should not fund a wall 2488 (51.4%)
A3: Congress is already spending too much on border security 977 (20.2%)
A4: Other 282 (5.8%)


Q2: Millions of refugees have now fled the civil wars in Syria and Yemen and violence in Latin America and elsewhere. Many have resettled in Western European countries, which are struggling to accommodate them. The U.S. has radically reduced its acceptance of refugees over the past two years. Should the United States do more to accommodate refugees from Syria and other conflict areas and those fleeing domestic and gang violence?

A1. Yes, provided they are screened for security risks 3570 (73.7%)
A2. No, refugees are too great a threat to our national security 820 (16.9%)
A3. Other 451 (9.3%)


Q3: This Congress, the House will vote on a comprehensive democracy reform bill, H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which would reduce barriers to voting, increase the security of our election systems, and end political gerrymandering. This bill also reflects several bills that I authored, including public financing for campaigns, a crackdown on Super PAC coordination, and expanding disclosure requirements for online ads. Which of the following reforms do you support? Choose as many as apply.

a) Require nonpartisan districting in every state 3994 (82%)
b) Reinstate required preclearance under the Voting Rights Act for electoral changes that may be discriminatory 3030 (62%)
c) Require onscreen disclosure of the top donors to Super-PAC sponsored ads 3841 (78%)
d) Reinstate public financing of presidential campaigns 2624 (54%)
e) Institute public financing of congressional campaigns by matching small donations 2210 (45%)
f) Require early voting and same-day registration in every state 3214 (66%)
g) Other 855 (18%)


Q4: In the Fourth District and around the country, there is a growing unmet need for diverse and affordable housing. As Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee on the House Appropriations Committee, I will have an opportunity to consider what government should do to address this need. What sorts of initiatives do you view most favorably? Choose as many as apply.

a) Expand our supply of public housing 2192 (77%)
b) Provide subsidies to enable people of modest income to afford private rental housing 2815 (61%)
c) Renew support for nonprofits to provide rental housing for senior citizens and people with disabilities 3747 (58%)
d) Provide tax breaks and other incentives for home ownership 2983 (45%)
e) Reduce government’s role and let market forces determine housing patterns 1030 (21%)
f) Other 300 (6%)


Q5: Mass shootings across the United States have kept the issue of gun violence at the forefront of our national debate. Many opponents of reform argue that gun ownership is a fundamental individual right guaranteed by the Second Amendment, and they oppose any regulation of gun sales or ownership. Advocates for reform, on the other hand, point out that all individual rights must be balanced by protections of public safety and support reforms such as expanded criminal background checks for all gun purchases. Do you believe the federal government should require background checks on all gun sales?

A1: Yes, Congress should require background checks for all firearm sales, including online purchases and gun shows 4113 (84.9%)
A2: No, the government should not regulate the purchase of firearms 419 (8.6%)
A3: Other 313 (6.5%)


Q6: This January, as Democrats took the majority in the U.S. House, we pledged to take concrete actions to combat greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Frequently suggested changes include shifting domestic energy production and use toward renewable sources, imposing a tax on carbon, phasing out coal-fired power plants, and increasing fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. Do you believe that climate change must be addressed? Should Congress do more to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions?

A1: Yes, climate change requires serious policies to reduce emissions 3773 (77.9%)
A2: No, the economic harm from proposed changes would outweigh the benefits 799 (16.5%)
A3: Other 272 (5.6%)


Q7: In 2017, the Republican-led House and Senate promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act but failed to garner enough support to pass new legislation. Now, the Trump administration is working to eliminate the individual mandate and allocate fewer resources to support new enrollments. Some in Congress would like to keep the Affordable Care Act in place and make improvements to the existing system. Others have proposed moving to a ‘Medicare for All’ system where all U.S. citizens would receive health insurance through the government. Which of these options best describes the steps Congress should take regarding health care?

a) Repeal the Affordable Care Act and move toward a free market in health care 943 (19.5%)
b) Prevent administration sabotage of the ACA and implement it fully, including Medicaid expansion 862 (17.8%)
c) Build on the ACA with a “public option” to address access and cost, and/or allow people age 55-65 to buy into Medicare 1374 (28.4%)
d) Replace all private insurance with a Medicare-type plan for everyone 1450 (30%)
e) Other 203 (4.2%)


Q8: With traffic getting worse on our highways, many transportation experts suggest that growing cities should pursue diversified, multi-modal transit plans that encourage alternatives to car travel. In the Fourth District, that could mean creating new options like the Durham-Orange Light Rail system, commuter rail from Raleigh through RTP to Durham, additional bike paths, trails, or greenways, expanding bus service, and upgrading rail between Raleigh and Richmond. Opponents of these plans argue that they are unnecessarily expensive and unlikely to displace the automobile sufficiently to make a difference. Do you support new investments in diverse modes of transportation?

A1: Yes, investment in transit and other transportation alternatives must be accelerated 3602 (74.8%)
A2: No, the costs are too high, and the benefits limited; we should concentrate on highways and automobile technology 863 (17.9%)
A3: Other 350 (7.3%)