Home 2013 races Washington Post Poll: McAuliffe 47%-Cuccinelli 39%-Sarvis 10%

Washington Post Poll: McAuliffe 47%-Cuccinelli 39%-Sarvis 10%

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The first serious poll since the Quinnipiac poll (9/9-9/15) which had McAuliffe up 3 points. Believe it or not, the last Washington Post poll was in early May (!), and at that point it had Ken Cuccinelli up 10 points. So…this poll marks a swing towards Terry McAuliffe since early May of 18 points. Not sure if I believe that, but that’s what it says. My guess on this race? Closer than 8 points, probably more like 4-6 points. But whatever it is, it’s too close for comfort, so everybody get phonebanking/door knocking/etc!

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has vaulted into the lead over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II in a Virginia governor’s race that has left many voters sour on both candidates, according to a new Washington Post/Abt-SRBI poll.

McAuliffe leads 47 percent to 39 percent among likely voters, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis’s 10 percent suggesting an unrest among voters not satisfied with either major-party contender. In a one-on-one matchup without Sarvis in the mix, the poll shows a narrower, 49-44 race between McAuliffe and Cuccinelli among likely voters – but still flips Cuccinelli’s 10-point lead from this spring.

Also note, Terry McAuliffe has not trailed in any poll since mid July, but that was Roanoke College’s polling outfit, which is a complete joke. So, the last real poll T-Mac trailed in was NBC/Maris in early May (Cooch +3). Since then, it’s been all T-Mac.

UPDATE: Also a new NBC/Marist poll has McAuliffe up 5 points (43%-38%) with Sarvis at 8%. “The numbers are a reversal from May, the last time Marist polled the race, when Cuccinelli led 45-42 percent. “

  • Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign released the following statement in response to the just released polls by the Washington Post and NBC/Marist.

    “Virginians are siding with Terry McAuliffe’s mainstream business approach over Ken Cuccinelli’s extreme ideological agenda,” said McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin.  “The more voters learn about Ken Cuccinelli’s extreme record the more concerned they are.  With about 40 days to go about half of Virginians now view Cuccinelli negatively, a sign that his brand of divisive social ideology is simply too far outside the Virginia mainstream.”

  • libra

    taking votes away from? Does anyone know?