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.