Poll: Romney's advantage in Virginia
September 26th, 2011
02:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Romney's advantage in Virginia

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds the biggest lead among GOP candidates over President Obama in hypothetical 2012 match-ups in Virginia, according to a new poll.

The Roanoke College Poll of Old Dominion residents showed the former Massachusetts governor leading the president by eight percentage points, 45 percent to 37 percent, just within the margin of error. Texas Gov. Rick Perry received 42 percent support, while the president received 40 percent, also a disparity within the margin of error.

Obama bested other GOP White House hopefuls including Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota by 11 percentage points, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas by 10 percentage points and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is still considering a run for president, by 19 percentage points. When only looking at registered voters, the results did not change by more than one percent.

Fifty-four percent of those questioned in Virginia disapproved and 39 percent approved of Obama's performance as president in the swing state that he won with over 52 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential election. Obama was the first Democrat to win the state since 1964.

Locally, Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has been the subject of vice presidential speculation, and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner both garnered a 67 percent approval rating, while the Senate race for the open seat remains a statistical dead heat. Republican candidate George Allen received 42 percent and Democratic candidate Tim Kaine received 39 percent. Nineteen percent of voters remained undecided.

The poll included interviews with 601 Virginia residents between Sept. 6 and Sept. 17 with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. sensible

    Good thing the election isn't only decided in Virginia.....Old Dominion, indeed.

    September 26, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. sensible

    Try that poll in California or New York or ......(some place with brains)

    September 26, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. tstorm

    Romney you're done and your party's done. When you creeps actually "booed" an American soldier you lost America's vote. Who do you think you are, you right wing anti-American creeps! I don't care if your T- Party Republicans or just plain Republicans, you've brought nothing but shame to this country...!

    September 26, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Virginia. The state full of Premium Saltines.What a surprise.

    September 26, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Gfoos

    671 people? Big deal! I live in Va., and not many are happy with our "culture warrior" governor, nor his whack -o Attorney General. Northern Va is educated, affluent, and depends a GREAT deal on the Federal Gov't....the rest of Va is a bit backwards, and VERY racist. We're talking about the Capitol of the Confederacy lest one forget. David Duke would poll ahead of Obama in the south.

    September 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Name king

    Well Obama can x Virginia off his campaign tour this election he still has 49 states he can deal with. I hope those old folks in Virginia like those vouchers they will get to go buy their insurance. I wonder where theyre going to turn when they can't drink their water or breath their air when the repugs give international corporations the power to run this country and take government out of their way. I hope Italy, Greece, spain keep up with the global markets because if one of them should faulter, I hope the stock market doesn't destroy Medicare and social security because the repug will privatize them and put them on the stock market. the dreaded tea baggers will make sure this happens.

    September 26, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. diridi

    I still think this dude Talks some sense. He may be the GOP front runner, He may pick Cris Cristy as his VP. It is only guesswork....

    September 26, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Once the Mittster's record ( or lack thereof) on job creation is really delved into, this advantage will disappear. Also, don't underestimate the Mormon factor in keeping GOP turnout down in VA and the rest of the South. Ask yourself why he never ran for a second term before you start responding: his rating were in the low 40s and sinking, and he did not want to damage his chances in '08 by failing to win re-election. Dig a little deeper next time, GOP: this is not the person for the job.

    September 26, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Who would Ronmey pick to run for VP? Every candidate but Huntsman is crazier than a $#!+ house rat and Huntsman is also a Mormon. Who would Perry pick? Maybe he could get somebody like "W" had in Dick Cheney... way smarter than the President and dishonest enough run a crime organization. It should be easy enough to find somebody smarter than Perry but more dishonest? That could be tough. If I was a Republican political handler I'd steer them toward Romney and some Republican Governor nobody knows well enough yet to hate. If Christie doesn't stroke-out from obesity he might be a good choice, but they'd likely want somebody a little crazier – from a redder state and more of a Bible-thumper. Don't let it be Perry. We've seen him ruin Texas and he's a "W" clone.

    September 26, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    In May 2008, McCain held the Virginia lead over Obama 47 – 39%. In actuality, Obama beat McCain 52.7 – 46.4%. It's too early for these polls to matter, especially considering that GOPers are still undecided themselves who they will vote for within their own party ... let alone nationally.

    September 26, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. thomas

    Virginia , home to the largest military contractors in the country.

    Why not , none of Mitts five sons did any military service !

    September 26, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    Fifty-four percent of those questioned in Virginia disapproved and 39 percent approved of Obama's performance as president in the swing state
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    Obama's numbers keep getting worse and worse with each passing day. By November 2012, the 54% will be 67% and we'll be rid of the failure.

    September 26, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. G

    If both Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are such sure bets in hypothetical match-ups against President Obama, then why is the republican establishment desperately scampering around in a frenzy trying to get Chris Cristie to run?

    September 26, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. W L Jones

    In the old farm state like Virgina the old timer now the Repub...canidate like okra they blum early in the morning but early after noon they fall off practially never heard from again... poll and all. It appears 1781 got them confuse big time. Enough said.

    September 26, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    From what I have read about VA politics, it is almost as "one hand washes the other" as NJ, which has to be the worst state in the nation when it comes to having honest politicians.

    September 26, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |