Poll: Obama leads GOP candidates in Virginia
February 8th, 2012
12:52 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Obama leads GOP candidates in Virginia

(CNN) – President Barack Obama edged out Mitt Romney in a hypothetical general election match-up in Virginia, according to a new poll.

It is the first time the president led the former Massachusetts governor in the Super Tuesday state among registered voters in a Quinnipiac survey during this election cycle.

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Obama captured 47% to Romney's 43%, a wider margin than the two percentage point difference in the December results. But Romney fared better than his GOP rivals in the likely swing state.

Obama led Newt Gingrich 51% to 37%, Rick Santorum 49% to 41% and Ron Paul 47% to 40%.

The Republican White House hopefuls will first face each other on March 6, when Romney is favored to capture the state's 36 Republican delegates. Gingrich and Santorum failed to qualify for the ballot and Romney bested Paul among likely GOP primary voters 68% to 19%.

Sen. John McCain won the state's 2008 GOP primary with 50% of the vote to former Gov. Mike Huckabee's 40.7% and Paul's 4.5%. But then-Sen. Barack Obama went on to win the state in the general election with 52.63% of the vote to McCain's 46.44%.

Wednesday's poll also indicated the Senate battle is still neck and neck with former Democratic governor and Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine capturing 45% support and former Republican governor and Sen. George Allen with 44% among likely voters.

The poll questioned 1,544 registered voters between Feb. 1 and Feb. 6 with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. The Republican primary results included 546 likely voters with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Polls • Republicans • Virginia
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. USA

    Sorry but the majority of Americans will NOT be voting for the welfare president in 2012. We need real change!! Not lose change!! LMAO NOBAMA

    February 8, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. modmike

    President Obama Deserves a Second Term! It is only fair. No one can clean up this country's mess in 4 years. Hell some CEO's of companies can't turn a company around in that amount of time!

    February 8, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. JOHN

    This poll mean nothing unless we support the President and get out and vote in Nov.Its also important we return both the House and Senate back to Democrats.True power is at the local level let support the Democrats party. We must do whatever it take to do keep the President and give both Executive branch legislative branch back to Democrats

    February 8, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Liili

    Folk are getting tired of being sick and tired of those republicans running for President of this great country!! Pres. Obama is doing a good job in spite of a DO-NOTHING congress and people with common sense knows that! He will get re-elected which is a good thing. Even the "founding fathers" would agree. if they were witnessing the republican flavor of the week/month.

    I plan to do everything I possible can to help Pres. Obama get re-elected, including taking people who don't have transportation to the DOV office to get their picture ID or driver's license.... the VOTER ID PLOY WILL NOT STOP THE VOTE FOR PRES. OBAMA...NOT THIS TIME!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 8, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Stephen in VA

    At least Virginia has a clue. 2012: Cantor's gone, Obama stays.

    February 8, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. migeli

    Santorum is the worst of the bunch.Unlike Kennedy Santorum will take orders from the Pope.

    February 8, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Rickster

    "The American public's dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years under President Obama, with 67 million now relying on some federal program, according to a newly released study by the Heritage Foundation.
    The increase under Obama is the biggest two-year jump since Jimmy Carter was president, the data show."
    lol....Barry just keeps getter worse.

    February 8, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Justin

    The economy is rebounding and the GOP candidates are worse than ever. It's going to be a very unenthusiastic win for Obama, but a win non the less.

    February 8, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Obama's Snake Oil on Sale - Git yur lies and deceit here!!

    Free food stamps for everybody! Free college education!! Free cars!!! I'm just gonna tax those evil rich people and corporations to get the money! Dang I LOVE socialism. We're going to live high off the hog while all those working suckers pay taxes to support us in the manner to which we have become accustomed.

    February 8, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Texas Dude

    Hahaha! Guess what? The GOP won't be able to sell snake oil to Americans anymore. Americans have seen through their deceit. The GOP, the party of do-nothing and say anything, is toast.

    February 8, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Taylor

    Obama's Snake Oil on Sale – Git yur lies and deceit here!!

    It looks like my new and improved snake oil is having the desired affect. Problem is I don't think the effect will last until November. Maybe if I made sure food stamps covered the cost of my snake oil, I could get better covergae? Yes, I'm a bloody genius deserving of re-election. Four more years of snake oil it is!!

    February 8, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
    You sound foolish. FACT more people was on Food Stamps doing Bush. Another Fact most of the people on Food Stamps are children and older Americans. So your snake oil will not work. You sound like the GOP........put your own thinker cap on when it come to this and stop letting othere think for you..........
    OBAMA 2012

    February 8, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. michaelam

    Our second half is about to begin!
    President Obama-2012

    February 8, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Smiling Mitt Romney-I'll deal with anyone!!!!!!!

    hey Rickster, what do you want to do differently? Mitt will deal with anyone!

    February 8, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Pineapple58

    OBAMA/ BIDEN 2012

    February 8, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Smiling Mitt Romney-I'll deal with anyone!!!!!!!

    Obama's Snake Oil on Sale – Git yur lies and deceit here!!, it looks like we're cut from the sdame cloth! I think my guy lies more than yours does, tho, he's had so much more practice at it, back int hose great days at Bain. Man, I loved gutting all that health care insurance, those pensions....it was great. I've got 2 words for ya: offshore accounts! Greatest thing ever invented!

    February 8, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. MommaM

    I will be fully supporting President Obama for re-election. If only the do nothing Congress has just worked with him instead of saying NO all the time. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 8, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Fernando

    Don't trust the poll or media, great example sontorum won and the media never thought that he was going to win, lost of creditbility.

    February 8, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |

    This is good news for the dems but not big news! See, I predict that Jeb Bush enters the race and send all of us wannabee gop presidential candidates including me Mitt Romney packing. O' and by the way, the really big news? Obama runs the table in 2012!

    February 8, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. oman

    To Cantor and all the haters in the HOUSE. It's time to go!

    February 8, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. glyder

    we need change,but is romney really that different from obama.

    February 8, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. us1776

    The GOP is just totally pathetic.

    The GOP is being pulled in 4 different directions by different factions.

    The GOP is now completely schizophrenic.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    The ONLY sane choice.


    February 8, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. sonny chapman

    "Turn out the lights..."

    February 8, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Smiling Mitt Romney-I'll deal with anyone!!!!!!!

    Hey, maybe I'll become a democrat! Is there money in it for me? Oh, that's right, the eonomy was great under Clinton, tanked under Bush and is now recovering. You mean, the auto industry is back, even after I said they should go bankrupt? Wow, thats zany. Maybe I'm on the wrong side. I quit.

    February 8, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Retired Army in San Antonio

    And the hits just keep on rollin'......

    February 8, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Anti-GOP-DNC

    In this, the age of Plutocracy and the Citizens United ruling, does it really matter which party sits in the Oval Office? One of them will only continue leading the sheep to the slaughter.

    February 8, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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