Different polls, different results in Perriello-Hurt race
A new poll in Virginia's 5th district suggests state Sen. Robert Hurt (R) has a commanding lead over Rep. Tom Perriello (D) in the latter's reelection race, but Democrats are certain to dispute the survey's results.
Conducted by the firm SurveyUSA for WDBJ News in Roanoke, the polls finds Hurt leading Perriello among likely voters, 61 percent to 35 percent, with independent candidate Jeffrey Clark drawing 2 percent. The results are similar to those from a July poll taken by the same firm for the same station, which showed Hurt ahead by 23 points.
But those numbers are very different from the ones produced by another recent poll -- taken in August by Ayres McHenry & Associates for the pro-Republican group American Action Forum -- that showed Perriello trailing by just 6 points.
And Perriello's camp was extremely critical of the last SurveyUSA poll, calling it "useless" arguing that the sample used far more Republicans than it should have given the breakdown of registered voters in the 5th district. Unusually, that July poll showed just 3 percent of voters to be undecided, while the new SurveyUSA poll had just 2 percent undecided. Most polls -- particularly those conducted this far from Election Day -- have a much higher proportion of undecided voters.
September 2, 2010; 11:59 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Election 2010 , Robert Hurt , Tom Perriello
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