Cuccinelli and McAuliffe tied in Quinnipiac poll

Quinnipiac has polled registered voters on the Virginia gubernatorial race and it finds a dead heat between Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe. And a possible independent run by Bill Bolling? It’s a bit of a wash:

Today’s 38 – 38 percent horse race is almost identical to the findings from a January 9 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing 40 percent for McAuliffe and 39 percent for Cuccinelli. In a three-way race measured January 9, McAuliffe and Cuccinelli had 34 percent each, with 13 percent for Bolling.

“Although the folks in Richmond are paying close attention to the political maneuvering around the governor’s race, most Virginians have not yet begun focusing on it,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Indeed they have not, as shown in the number of folks who say they know enough to form an opinion on any of the declared or potential candidates:

“When asked about the candidates, most voters don’t know enough about Terry McAuliffe or Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to have an opinion and barely half know enough about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to form an opinion. This despite the fact that Bolling and Cuccinelli have been elected to statewide office and McAuliffe ran for governor four years ago.”

Cuccinelli has a 30 – 25 percent favorability rating. McAuliffe gets a 23 – 16 percent score, with 60 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. Bolling has an 18 – 10 percent favorability, with 72 percent who don’t know enough about him.

To show just how much some registered voters tune-out politicians, 33 percent of those polled just don’t know enough about Gov. Bob McDonnell to have an opinion about him.

Not exactly what a would-be national candidate wants to hear from the home crowd.

  • pinecone321

    Not only did McDonnell, Cuccinelli and Bolling run for state wide office and win in the last election, McDonnell and Bolling also ran and won in the previous election when Kaine became the Gov. Yet after almost 8 years people don’t know enough about them to have an opinion? The survey must have been taken with those that the VA ACLU atty. claimed were born in a barn.

    The good news in the survey is that even though Cuccinelli only ran for and won one statewide election so far, people know more about him than the others. The 72% that don’t know enough about Bolling have a point. With his statements/actions over the last few months, I’m actually surprised that that number isn’t higher.

    • George from Cleveland

      McAuliffe has dropped from 41 to 38 in the from the first head to head poll.

      I think, as an outsider, that people pay far more attention to federal politics than state politics. The VA state government is considered far more efficient than the federal government to the general population, I would guess that if it was also polling Warner and Kaine, that it would register a higher level of knowledge.

      The problem is that both have an image of being centrist, while no one could credibly apply that term to any of the R state officeholders, but also to Terry. Bolling will only have a chance if there is substantial defection of party leadership, and that would have already happened by now. He will run to stroke his ego, but do far worse than Charlie Crist.


  • pinecone321

    I just heard that a deal has been struck in Richmond on the transportation plan. It will include an increase in the wholesale gas price, and an increase in the sales tax rate. Ducky!

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