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Nearly four in 10 Virginians — 38 percent — have no preference in the contest between Cuccinelli and McAuliffe.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The leader in the gubernatorial race for Virginia remains “I don’t know,” the latest Roanoke College poll shows.
Nearly four in 10 Virginians —38 percent — have no preference in the contest between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the poll shows.
Of those who have a preference, 34 percent favor Cuccinelli, who is now the state attorney general, and 29 percent like McAuliffe, a Northern Virginia businessman who was a key political ally for President Bill Clinton.
The gap between the two is just outside the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.
“Neither candidate is well-known among Virginians, particularly McAuliffe, and neither is viewed very positively,” said Harry Wilson , director of the college’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research .
“There is still a lot of defining to do in this campaign,” he said.
The election is in November.
Sixty-one percent of the 629 Virginians surveyed said they don’t know enough about McAuliffe to have an opinion about him. And although Cuccinelli has been attorney general for nearly four years , 45 percent feel the same about him.
Cuccinelli’s favorable rating is 24 percent, while 22 percent view him unfavorably. For McAuliffe, the split is 10 percent to 16 percent.
Most said they don’t know enough about either gubernatorial candidate to weigh their ideologies.
Some 23 percent think Cuccinelli is too conservative for Virginia while 22 percent think he is about right. In McAuliffe’s case, 16 percent think he is too liberal and 14 percent think he is in line with the state.
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