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Voters like Kaine, Warner but not Assembly

Tim Craig

A new poll shows former governor Mark R. Warner (D) with a nearly 2 to 1 lead in next year's U.S. Senate race over either one of his potential GOP challengers.

The poll by Christopher Newport University shows Warner beating either former governor James P. Gilmore III or Rep. Thomas M. Davis III by a margin of 24 points. If the election were held today, 51 percent of voters would support Warner while 27 percent said they would favor either Gilmore or Davis.

The Christopher Newport University survey also found that voters have a negative view of the Republican-controlled General Assembly, but they support Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

Kaine's approval rating stands at 55 percent. But state legislators appear to be in a perilous situation as they head into the Nov. 6 election, when all 140 delegates and senators are on the ballot. The survey found 42 percent of registered hold a negative view of the General Assembly compared to 34 percent who view it positively.

"Governor Kaine appears to be sitting in a good position with strong numbers, especially amongst independents, and he has Republican voters divided. The General Assembly on the other hand, controlled by Republicans, has lost the confidence of independent voters, and that does not bode well for Republican candidates in the coming election," said Quentin Kidd, Director of the CNU Center for Public Policy.

The CNU poll of 700 registered voters was conducted between Sept. 27 and Oct. 1. The university's findings closely match the results of a Washington Post poll published over the last week.

By Tim Craig  |  October 17, 2007; 10:28 AM ET
Categories:  Election 2007 , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , General Assembly 2008 , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Polls , Thomas M. Davis III , Tim Craig  
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