2022 West Virginia Issues Poll

Publication date: February 10, 2022
Written by: Stefani Buhajla

The Center for Excellence in Polling recently surveyed likely West Virginia voters about their opinions on unemployment benefits, welfare programs, and election issues.

The results indicate broad support for measures that would ensure welfare program integrity and preserve election integrity in the state.

Most voters, including 72% of Democrats, support requiring unemployment applications to be checked more frequently and with better technology against existing data to help ensure those who are receiving unemployment benefits are truly eligible for them.

West Virginians also favor programs that will protect the state’s welfare programs from fraud and abuse through eligibility crosschecks (76%) and more frequent audits of the state’s welfare systems (82%).

Voters are open to reforms that bring greater transparency and security to elections. A majority of Republicans and Independents (82%), and more than half of Democrats (57%), support requiring mail-in ballots to include a valid, government-issued ID number, such as a driver’s license or state ID.