Poll: Perry up, Obama down in Virginia
September 15th, 2011
09:33 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Perry up, Obama down in Virginia

(CNN) - Republican voters in the battleground state of Virginia chose Rick Perry as their top choice for president in a new poll, while Perry and fellow GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney ran neck and neck against President Barack Obama in hypothetical 2012 matchups.

The Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday showed the Texas governor with 25 percent support among Republican and GOP-leaning independent voters, compared with Romney's 19 percent. No other Republican candidate broke into double digits.

Against Obama, Perry received 42 percent support to Obama's 44 percent and Romney garnered 44 percent to Obama's 42 percent.

The new survey also showed the president with a 54 percent disapproval rating with voters in the state, up from 48 percent in a June poll.

Obama's job approval was especially hurt among independent voters, who disapproved of his performance 62 percent to 29 percent, compared to a 54 percent to 41 percent difference in June.

In 2008 Obama won 53 percent of the vote in the swing state that former President George W. Bush won in 2004 and 2000. But voters in the state elected Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in a highly contested election in 2010 and Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen, both former governors, are now locked in a close race for the open senate seat in 2012.

Allen and Kaine remain statistically tied in the new poll, receiving 45 percent and 44 percent respectively, for the Senate seat left open by Democratic Sen. Jim Webb who announced in February he would not run for reelection.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,368 registered voters between Sept. 7 and Sept. 12 with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Rick Perry • Virginia
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. gt

    if more jobs are not created ... obama would even loose to newt....ugh..obama has a mental block about the economy...

    September 15, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. John

    How can anybody want to vote for a guy that want to hurt America. This man all ready try to take Texas and secede from the union. And to me that make him a Trader to this country. And he should be put In JAIL for Treason. This Is not who we need to run this country.

    September 15, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Peter

    We are 14 months from election day. This is an eternity in the political cycle. ANYTHING can happen between now and then. The Republicans have not even selected a candidate. Anyone who says that Obama is "in" or "out" at this stage is a mindless cheerleader, a 4 year old child who never lived through an election cycle, or a moron. By the way, there must be a lot of kids on these boards, because some of these "Obama...ha ha.....you loser....ha ha" or "You conservo-thugs....Obama WILL be re-elected" sound like they were written by 12 year old boys.

    September 15, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Should we all sell our government bonds, now, or wait to see if Perry lasts longer than Trump?

    September 15, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. NVa Native

    Virginia is a purple state where the blue is steadily expanding, while the "red" troglodytes of the past – Repubs/tea-buggers – are facing the evolutionary law of natural selection ~ “those that don’t evolve become extinct”.

    September 15, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Wasn't Virgina that state that coined the phrase "Real America" back in 2008? Interesting, then, that these same patriots are so eager to support Perry as their nominee. I'd say "shame on them" but apparently they (and the rest of the GOPerville clan) have no shame. Sorry folks, there just isn't anything to get excited over when thinking about a Perry, or a Bachmann, or a Cain, or a Santorum, or a Romney, or or a Ron Paul candidacy. We'll start with secession talk and work our way up the ladder to each of their fact-less, unsubstantiated lies. Can't trust them on the "little" stuff (job creation, $2 gallon gas, political donations, compassion - or in these folks case, lack thereof), certainly won't be able to trust them on the really big stuff - you know ... economy ... Iran ... Putin ... China.

    September 15, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Jaywing

    An utterly meaningless poll. The election is how far away? The pathetic clown car of GOP hopefuls hasn't even gotten out of the circus tent, and as the rest of America gets to see how completely indequate the GOP nominee is they'll quickly run the other direction and realize what a good thing we have in Obama - an intelligent, articulate, compassionate man, who has the welfare of the entire USA in mind as he governs the country.

    September 15, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Anon13

    "Poll: Perry up, Obama down in Virginia"
    "Against Obama, Perry received 42 percent support to Obama's 44 percent"

    So Perry's up, Obama's down, but Obama still is ahead of Perry. Nice headline, CNN

    September 15, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Ted Kasiewicz

    Another bias loaded poll from the media sheepdogs. Be careful and afraid, in fact, be very afraid of the news media and their polls and reporting.

    September 15, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Larry L

    I'm seeing something incredible... Republicans appear to be stupid enough to elect another "W" – but one with his vote for sale. I'm a Texan and can see the damage he's done here – trashed our schools, highways, and openly grants political favors to his contributors. Remember, the same sort of Texan you elected (twice!) is the person who trashed our economy and our position in the World. What would ever make you think of doing it again? Is bigotry so intrenched in your personalities you're willing to destroy America?

    September 15, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Sandy

    Independents want a Perry presidency? LOL Good luck with that!

    September 15, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. NVa Native

    As is the case nationally the progressive area of NVa pays way more than their fair share to Richmond – which supports the welfare dependent “red areas” of the state. We are tired of these backward GOP/tea-buggers not paying their share while whining about paying too much – these parasites should start by paying their fair share taxes and not live off of other people’s hard work.
    Typical right-wing cry-baby hypocrites.

    September 15, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    No more Texans, certainly not THAT Texan.
    Obama 2012

    September 15, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. OneAverageAmerican

    Yet another poll that pits Perry, Romney, Bachmann and Palin directly against Obama, but does not include Ron Paul against Obama. Because you know that Ron Paul would blow Obama away. VOTE RON PAUL 2012!

    September 15, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. w l jones

    If the poster would ask Democratic voter same question the president would be up in Virginia so what the point!!

    September 15, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. DIANA

    People don't know Perry yet. It's still very early and I hope the American people aren't so stupid as to elect another Bush.

    September 15, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Texan

    Now we all know ole " Get the Gov`t out of our lives" Perry`s price tag !!! - A $28,500 contribution by Merck for gov`t mandated vaccinations statewide to all girls over 11 yrs old. --Nuf said.

    September 15, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republican jobs plan, Diarrhea of the Mouth, Constipation of the Brain.

    September 15, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. ggwindsor

    poles are good for running hydro and cable tv

    September 15, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is still too early to tell what is going on in the race. Republicans still have people yelling at each other over who should be the nominee. The tea people are turing the country too far to the right to have us still function. I think these polls should be bigger (in terms of people) and done closer to debates and the actual primaries which haven't happened yet.

    September 15, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Chano

    I can see it all now. Perry wins the nomination, is defeated by Obama and then gets a ten year deal to host a new version of Let's Make A Deal where the contestants are all elected public officials and Perry moderates the selling of public contracts and political infulence by the contestants to well to do members of the audience.

    September 15, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Russ

    It's Virginia for Christ sakes. This poll doesn't count. Most of those polled shouldn't be allowed to take a poll let alone actually vote.

    September 15, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. LegendRx

    The result of a poor education system, America is the dumbest of the dumbest in the world. What happened to the white folks, it would seem, in this country the minorities are the intelligent ones in America and most white people are retarded and gullible. they are more concern with race preservation, even it it mean, America will crumble under the hands of the republican leadership. White america would stumble across the truth, and get up like it never happened. The GOP has no leadership. Period......

    September 15, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. LegendRx

    And another thing, Obama is the only adult in the room and the most intelligent . . . Period.

    September 15, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Phil

    Perry and Romney say nothing at the debates but some little talking points, they are status quo and wishy washy.
    My vote is for Ron Paul because he speaks the hard truth needed to fix this broken country.

    September 15, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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