Washington (CNN) – With a little more than seven months left until election day in Virginia, a new poll indicates the state’s voters know very little about either of the two major party candidates running for governor.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 63% of voters in the state don't know enough about Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe to form an opinion. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate, is slightly better known, but the survey indicates that 44% don't know enough about him to form an opinion.
Both men have been campaigning for governor for months. McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and a former top adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton who's making a second run for Virginia governor, jumped into the race last fall. So did Cuccinelli, a conservative favorite of many tea party activists.
"Neither candidate for governor is that well known to voters although Cuccinelli has a small edge in that department," says Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Because of their relatively low profiles at this point, the horse race numbers pretty much reflect a generic Democratic-Republican race."
The decision earlier this month by Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling not to make a gubernatorial bid as an independent appears to have had little to no effect on the Cuccinelli-McAuliffe matchup, as the race for governor remains a dead heat, with 40% backing Cuccinelli and 38% supporting McAuliffe. The two point margin is within the survey's sampling error.
The Quinnipiac University survey was conducted March 20-25, with 1,098 Virginia registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story