Two New Polls Show Obama Pulling Away
Coming on the heels of this morning's Washington Post Virginia poll that showed Democrat Barack Obama with an 8-point lead over Republican John McCain, Virginia Commonwealth University plans to release a statewide poll today.
According to an advance copy, VCU also finds Obama with a healthy lead in Virginia. Among likely voters, Obama is drawing 51 percent compared to McCain's 40 percent, according to VCU.
"Obama's lead looks strong in both Northern Virginia as well as in the Tidewater region," said Cary Funk, director of the Commonwealth Poll and associate professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Obama is up by 27-points in Northern Virginia in the VCU poll, compared to his 30-point lead in the region in the Washington Post poll. VCU also has Obama leading McCain by 21 points in Tidewater; the Washington Post pegged the Democrat's lead there at 17 percentage points. In both polls, Obama is drawing between 38 percent and 45 percent in all other, more conservative regions, of the state.
VCU also found that Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's job approval rating is slipping. Just 48 percent of voters rate Kaine's job performance as excellent or good, a 6-point decline since May. Nearly half of Virginians now say Virginia has gotten off on the wrong direction, according to VCU.
October 27, 2008; 9:52 AM ET
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