Poll: Obama leads GOP candidates in Virginia
February 8th, 2012
12:52 PM ET
2 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. cause when you're smiling, when you're smiling . . .

    the whole world smiles with you . . .

    February 8, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Gloria

    Dear Republican leaders,

    This is 2012. The people have left you behind. Your 1960s style messages are irrelevant. We do not believe your negative words. We are tired of your disrespect for the people and the President. You billowing and chest pounding are no longer appealing to us. This is indeed a new day for a new generations of Americans and you are not on the playing field. .

    February 8, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. GonzoinHouston

    Any poll this far out is effectively worthless. Bear in mind, the GOP campaign has been in high gear for months. Every single day the news is filled with one talking point or another from the right. Obama is just sitting back, quietly building a monster of a campaign organization and a mountain of cash. When the general election campaign begins in earnest we will start hearing the Democrats' side, and then the polls will start to become relevant.

    February 8, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. audra

    Keep making my day-Obama/Biden 2012! clearly they're scared (teathugblicans). November 2012 we the people will put an end to all the snake oil salesman/sales women/teathugblicans/congress/house, you will no longer sell the amerian people snake oil, we know what's really going on. Thank you Clint Eastwood, you're still the MAN/Dirty Harry!

    February 8, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. david

    i guess if he was swinging by his neck he would be ahead

    February 8, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    WoW !! After reading most of these posts – - I Will Have To Agree With : Pat / Think Again / Jo Ann / Lilli / us1776 / Jake / woman in calif /

    February 8, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    The best poll to watch is the one at the nearest dancer bar.

    February 8, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. callmecrazy

    The best poll to watch is the one at the nearest dancer bar.

    February 8, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Richard Parrilla

    Better Obama than anyone in the GOP that totally ostracized my two heroes. Obama gets a C+ from me. The economy's in better shape than January of 2009 still just average, Osama Bin Laden's dead, my Dad with diabetes can finally get health coverage, my taxes haven't gone up, although Clinton rates wouldn't be so bad, and at least he tried to put clean energy on the map, but Solyndra buckled. Obama is still dead wrong on marijuana and the drug war, wrong on guns (Fast & Furious), still wrong on Libya, and the spending cuts are just as pathetic as what the GOP is cooking.

    Obama gets a C+ from me, but there's a A+ candidate out there this year.

    Barring it being razor thin in October, my vote is GARY JOHNSON 2012. I hope y'all Ron Paul folks will get on board if Tampa doens't go your way.

    February 8, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Ben

    The Looney Left still drinking the Obama Kool-Aid I see.

    February 8, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Ben

    DaveC – "The lead is only going to get wider as the economy gets better, the Afgan war winds down, the jobless rate falls and people start to really look at Mitt, Rick and Newt"

    What are you smoking? The economy isn't going to get better. Keep buying into Obama's lies and deception and you'll get exactly what you deserve.

    February 8, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Noodle Nose Johnson

    Wow, I always thought this was the weakest crop of candidates the GOP ever offered but I'm beginning to think this is the weakest crop of candidates in the history of democracy. The Washington Generals have a better chance of winning than Romnnesantopaulgrich
    ------------------------
    Romnesantopaulgrich. Love it!!!!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. pkbkr

    How come the R's can't come up with ANYONE to compete with President Obama? They are all a bunch of clowns! Mittens, Rick, Newtster.......go join the circus! Let's keep this country moving with President Obama!!! Obama/Biden 2012

    February 8, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Alright, giggity giggity giggity goo (in a voice of Quagmire)

    So Virginia how is that vote for Obama working out for you. Virginia unemployment is 6.1% lol

    February 8, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Biggge

    This is great news, karma coming back on the GOP. When U promote hate it comes right back on U.. The GOP has been preaching hate so much, now the base has turned the hate on them... GOP base might not like Obama but they don't care for the GOP canidates either....

    February 8, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Ben

    Pat – "The time has come to giveFilbuster proof majority to Obama in the House & Senate."

    You're absolutely on drugs if you think that will happen.

    February 8, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    cause when you're smiling, when you're smiling . . .

    the whole world smiles with you .
    ------------------------
    I'm with that!! Excellent! lol!

    February 8, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Laurie in Spokane

    I can't imagine why anyone would be surprised Obama is ahead in the poll. Just look what the Republicans have offered – Romney – wishywashy hide my money offshore
    Cain – another womanizer
    Bachmann – words cannot describe her wackiness
    Perry – obviously cannot think......fast
    Santorum – not as bad but soooooooo inredibly conservative
    Gingrich – slime

    February 8, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Ben

    GLoria – "Dear Republican leaders,

    This is 2012. The people have left you behind. Your 1960s style messages are irrelevant. We do not believe your negative words. We are tired of your disrespect for the people and the President. You billowing and chest pounding are no longer appealing to us. This is indeed a new day for a new generations of Americans and you are not on the playing field. ."

    Yet another Liberal without a clue.

    February 8, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. 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.

    Obama/Chavez – 2012

    February 8, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    FIELD1ST, I don't suppose you know that Churchill was among the first supporters of old age pensions in Britain, the forerunner of social security? Check your history on your subject before you post something that merely sounds good. By the way, Romney is a poster boy for everything that capitalism does wrong, and none of the things it does right.

    February 8, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    ....and the Righties are still sucking on their koolaide, eh Ben? You can't even be a real American and enjoy the success this country has had in starting to climb out of the abyss the GOP sent us into.

    February 8, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. You can't keep a good man down!

    President Obama will win Va 2012!

    February 8, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. 4 More Years!!!

    Hey Ben!!! HA! You're efforts here are in vain!!! You might as well go bash your head against a brick wall now, rather than waiting until November!!!

    February 8, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Obama's Snake Oil on Sale - Git yur lies and deceit here!!

    Pat – "The time has come to giveFilbuster proof majority to Obama in the House & Senate."
    ==================================================================
    Pat, you go girl! Or bro, or whatever... With that full control thing I can TRULY transform America like I said 4 years ago. I've already been consulting with my bro Hugo down Venezuala way and he's given me the lowdown on how to step it up a notch and lock down the true socialist utopia with that filibuster proof thingie. Corporations and rich people your days are numbered. And all this private property stuff has GOT to go. If you got a house then it should be the PEOPLES house. Expect some company to stay the night if they need a room if you know what's good for you.

    February 8, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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