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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Polls

Poll: Virginia tea party supporters very conservative, very white

Roanoke College poll finds that those who said they agree with the tea party closely mirrored those who otherwise identified themselves as conservative when asked questions about issues.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 4, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Polls, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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National Democrats not giving up on Reps. Perriello, Nye, Kratovil

National Democrats are still pouring money into the reelection bids of freshman Reps. Frank Kratovil (Md.), Tom Perriello (Va.) and Glenn Nye (Va.), even as the party has largely given up on several other candidates facing similarly tough races across the country.

By Ben Pershing  | October 14, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Glenn Nye, John McCain, Polls, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, Tom Perriello  
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Poll: On eve of execution, Virginians broadly support penalty

(Cross-posted from Behind the Numbers.) With John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind of the 2002 D.C. sniper attacks, scheduled to be executed tomorrow, Virginia voters are broadly in favor of the death penalty for those convicted of murder, according to new data from a Washington Post poll. Virginia voters favor the death penalty by a better than 2 to 1 margin, with 66 percent supportive of it, 31 percent opposed. And intensity on this issue is with the supporters: 45 percent "strongly" back capital punishment, 18 percent are that solidly opposed. But in Northern Virginia - site of several shootings by Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo - a smaller majority of 56 percent backs the death penalty, compared with 71 percent in the rest of the state. Read Post polling analyst Jennifer Agiesta's full post at the Behind the Numbers blog....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | November 9, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Polls  
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Some early exit poll data

Washington Post polling director Jon Cohen got an early snapshot of the electorate in New Jersey and Virginia this evening from exit polls, and here's what he passed on that we can report: Economy and jobs top the issue lists in both Virginia and New Jersey (but not as overwhelmingly as it did in 2008), with property taxes a close No. 2 in New Jersey and health care in a distant second place in Virginia. In the early numbers, younger (under 30) voters make up a smaller share of the electorate this year than they did last November. The percentage of African Americans among all Virginia voters is down a bit at this stage compared with a year ago, but in New Jersey it's currently up from the last go-round. (However, the proportions in Virginia are similar to the 2006 Senate race and the 1997 race for governor). Majorities in...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | November 3, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Election 2009, Polls, Sandhya Somashekhar  
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One more poll puts McDonnell way up

A final Mason-Dixon poll in the Virginia race shows Republican Bob McDonnell continues to lead big over Democrat Creigh Deeds going into Tuesday's election. The survey, funded by the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Virginian Pilot and other state media outlets, showed McDonnell with a 12-point lead, while his ticketmates Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli led opponents Jody Wagner and Del. Steve Shannon by 13 points and 14 points respectively. What must be most encouraging for McDonnell about all these late polls that have shown with strong, double-digit leads is that they have provided no indication that core Democratic groups are showing late enthusiasm for Deeds. His campaign is insisting it is running an aggressive effort to reach out to voters who helped elect President Obama last year....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | November 1, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race, 2009 Governor's Race, 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race, Bill Bolling, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Jody Wagner, Ken Cuccinelli, Polls, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, Steve Shannon  
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Excerpts: Post reporter, polling analyst answer questions

Post reporter Anita Kumar, who has been trailing the Deeds campaign, and Post polling analyst Jennifer Agiesta were online earlier today to discuss the Virginia governor's race and the week remaining in it. Read the full transcript or check out some excerpts from the chat below. Fairfax County, Va.: Looking at the poll story and the graphics and table provided, it appears that Deeds is polling about as well in northern Virginia as, say, Mark Warner, but doing much worse in the rest of the state than anybody else you list -- Barack Obama, Tim Kaine, or Warner. Yet Deeds is the guy who's emphatically not from northern Virginia (admittedly Kaine isn't either). What gives? McDonnell's edge over Deeds grows stronger (Post, Oct. 27) Jennifer Agiesta: Thanks for the question, Fairfax! The regional split is one of the most interesting things we found in this last poll. Deeds' victory...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | October 28, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Polls, Robert F. McDonnell  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Get your governor's race questions answered, Christopher Dean Hopkins , October 28, 2009
New Post poll coming today, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 26, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Anita Kumar , October 9, 2009
Post Poll: McDonnell's Lead Widens; Deeds Slips in NoVA, Christopher Dean Hopkins , October 8, 2009
Coming Soon: New Washington Post Poll, Christopher Dean Hopkins , October 8, 2009
Virginia's Regional Divide on the Issues, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 29, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 18, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 16, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 18, 2009
Daily Virginia Roundup, Rosalind S. Helderman , August 3, 2009
Deeds, McDonnell in Tight Race Already, Rosalind S. Helderman , June 18, 2009
DGA Puts Out Virginia Poll, Rosalind S. Helderman , June 16, 2009
Your Take: Who's the Moderate?, Christopher Dean Hopkins , June 16, 2009
Suffolk University Poll: Most Voters Still Uncertain, Christopher Dean Hopkins , June 4, 2009
Dueling Polls, Matt Mosk , May 5, 2009
Connolly St. Patrick's Day Straw Poll Tuesday, Amy Gardner , March 16, 2009
Weather No Excuse, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 31, 2009
Virginia GOP Begins Robo Calls, Tim Craig , September 23, 2008
Federal Response to Wall Street Scrutinized, Tim Craig , September 22, 2008
Poll Holds Good News for Obama, McCain in Va., Tim Craig , September 12, 2008
New Poll Shows McCain Leads Obama in Va, Anita Kumar , September 10, 2008
Connolly Claims Big Lead Over Fimian, Tim Craig , July 17, 2008
Kaine Credits Gilmore's Political Skills, Tim Craig , June 27, 2008
A Byrne Poll in the 11th, Amy Gardner , May 21, 2008
GOP Straw Poll Results, Tim Craig , December 1, 2007
Winners and Losers, Tim Craig , November 21, 2007
Radio Discussion on Virginia Politics, Tim Craig , November 16, 2007
Kaine Heads to Iowa to Stump for Obama, Tim Craig , November 15, 2007
Kaine to Hit Campaign Trail for Obama, Tim Craig , October 30, 2007
Voters like Kaine, Warner but not Assembly, Tim Craig , October 17, 2007
Wash Post Polling Director Discusses Va Poll, Tim Craig , October 15, 2007
Poll Shows Voters Frustrated With Traffic, Tim Craig , October 15, 2007
Post Poll Preview: Kaine Earns High Marks, Tim Craig , October 12, 2007
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