PPP: Kaine Edges Allen; Neither Particularly Popular; Wild Differences with Post Poll


    A new PPP poll contrasts sharply with the recently-released Washington Post poll of Virginia voters. The big differences:

    *In the Post poll, Tim Kaine has a healthy, 56%-28% (+28 points) favorable/unfavorable rating. In the PPP poll, it’s barely positive, at 42%-41% (+1). A 27-percentage-point difference between two reputable polls released at the same time? What on earth?

    *In the Post poll, George Allen is at a fairly strong, 51%-26% (+25) favorable/unfavorable. In the PPP poll, it’s a weak, “upside-down,” 36%-42% (-6) favorable/unfavorable rating. A 31-percentage-point difference between the two polls? Again, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!?

    *In the Post poll, Jamie Radtke’s at a decent 13%-9% (+4), while in the PPP poll, she’s at a pathetic 4%-23% (-19) favorable/unfavorable. In both polls, most people don’t know anything about Radtke, but in the PPP poll, those who know here really don’t like her. Wow.

    What’s weird is that, despite the major differences in favorability ratings between the two polls, both show Kaine and Allen running neck and neck (note: Kaine leads Allen 46%-44% in the PPP poll and is tied in the Post poll). That part makes sense, I just can’t figure out how two near-simultaneous polls can have two major, well-known Virginia political figures viewed so differently by Virginians. Anyone have an idea?