New poll confirms competitive race for Governor (updated)
Yet another poll released today shows the race for Governor of Virginia has become tight. Public Policy Polling, which at one point had Republican Bob McDonnell with a lead of as much as 7 points, now has his lead shrunk to only 5 points. The survey gives McDonnell an advantage only slightly outside the margin of error.
While this poll confirms a promising trend for Democrat Creigh Deeds, there has yet to be a poll that shows him with a lead. (The Real Clear Politics average shows McDonnell with a lead of little more than 4 points)
According to PPP, Deeds has room to grow. A large pool of undecided voters describe themselves as Democrats and there is evidence that a recently lackluster crowd of Dems are finally starting to warm up to the idea of voting for Deeds in November. On the flip side, McDonnell still enjoys a wide margin of support among Independent voters and female voters do not seemed to be impacted greatly by the revelation of the candidate’s master’s thesis.
The news is not as good for down ballot Democrats. Both Jody Wagner and Steve Shannon trail Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli, respectively by margins consistent with what they have been over the course of the campaign.
Not long after PPP released the results of their poll, did Survey USA, and WDBJ-TV released a separate survey with dramatically different results. This poll shows Bob McDonnell, with a comfortable 14 point lead. Not surprisingly, Republicans are pushing these results and finding problems with the PPP poll.
Here is the breakdown of the numbers of both polls, side by side:
Governor: PPP SURVEY USA
Bob McDonnell (R)- 48% 55%
Creigh Deeds (D)- 43% 41%
Bill Bolling (R)- 43% 54%
Jody Wagner (D)- 35% 41%
Ken Cuccinelli (R)- 43% 53%
Steve Shannon (D)- 34% 42%
See the full results of the PPP Poll here.
See the full results of the Survey USA Poll here.