Virginia gov. poll: Who are these guys?
March 27th, 2013
08:49 AM ET
2 years ago

Virginia gov. poll: Who are these guys?

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


Filed under: 2013 • Ken Cuccinelli • Polls • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Wired Weird in SF

    All you need to know is that McAullife was an apologist toady for Bill Clinton and is currently involved in some slimy business deals with him.

    March 27, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Hey, where do these candidates stand on the Voter ID law that just got signed into law? We should have "uniform voting" laws during general election years.

    March 27, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. James Bond

    No more repubs please, they only support the rich, if your not rich you have no legitimate reason to vote for them, any of them

    March 27, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. actionjacks7

    McAullilife is the Man.

    March 27, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. James Bond

    Vote out repubs, before they make you vote useless, or you dont get to vote period, the repubs dont care for the rules, any rule that instills fair play, or equal rights, all to willing to throw our rights, and the constitution under the bus. never again to vote republican, i favor some repubs stance, but not enough to hang myself, and there stance on any given issue is dominated by money and power, shameless, vote them out!!! what happens when your coal mining unions come under attack, by the repubs you voted for, RTW? dont do it.

    March 27, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, yes,
    Vote Conservatives out befoer they kick you out of the nest and make you get a job ! We can't have that ! More Liberal's needed. McCluueless is a warmed over Liberal but he's your man !!

    March 27, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Glenn Doty

    Who is going to poll for an off-year gubernatorial election anyway?

    It's about the ground-game here. Less than 25% of Virginia residents may show up to the polls to vote, so it doesn't really matter what a generic voter poll has to say. Even "likely voter" polls in an odd-year election have MOE >5% (which means +/- 10% margin between the candidates is a coin-flip).

    Just keep track of the number of offices each campaign has staffed. Whoever wins that race will probably win the governor's mansion – because they'll harass more voters to get to the polls that day.

    At this point, with 8 months left, I would consider the race quite close if the polls showed an 80/20 split. Why are you wasting your money on polling this thing NOW?

    March 27, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. lottie

    what's to know? If he is a republican your rights are screwed. same ol same ol.

    March 27, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. iab

    One must get the total picture. If there is no government, no regulations, unions, checks and balances to protect the 98%. That 2% knows who to divide the masses by putting everyone in a group, making one group think they are supporting groups of ppl who do not want to work, on welfare, food stamps, unemployment benefits. These constant subliminal messages (news media) daily keep the masses divided. Check demographics (ALL) in Red States. Check percentage of Americans per capita on welfare, food stamps, teen pregnancy, literacy rare, abortions, wages, unemployment. Facts show the RED STATES are the poorest, receive more hand outs from the government than BLUE STATES. Check for your self. McAuliffe is in the present, sees America from a broader view not the plantation mentality of the GOP. Read THE RIDDLE OF RACISM by S. CARL HIRSCH. Great read the more educated will be able to relate, comprehend this well written book which contains research, anthropology, history of man, mans migration, changes in genes, even hematology.

    March 27, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Do people vote for the man who wants to help all the of the people in VA succeed, or the AG who is fascinated by what others do in their private lives, and will use government to do the bidding of big business?

    March 27, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well iab,
    If what you say is true, about the "So Called" Red states where is my share? I haven't been getting it! So, all you "Blue Staters" tell me how to game the system. And, why is California broke? They are a Blue State. And why is Cyprus, with all the Liberal's in charge going down the Tubes? Greece? You weren't born in Vaudville, were you? You know the liberal motto, WITH YOUR MONEY AND MY BRAINS, WE WILL GO PLACES.

    March 27, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. AEJ

    Voting for another Republican Governor, women may NOT be able to have sex freely – without reporting their intent to the Republican Gobernor. Invasive, NO abortion – even if it is incest, unhealthy for the mother, etc etc. Put in office a Democrat Governor whose focus will be JOBS, JOBS, and more JOBS.

    March 27, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well iab,
    If what you say is true, about the "So Called" Red states where is my share? I haven't been getting it! So, all you "Blue Staters" tell me how to game the system. And, why is California broke?
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    Why is California broke? I'm sure someone from there can explain it better. I'm not going to cast blame or point out the fact that the state's previous governner left the finances in shambles. A lot of the reduced state revenue comes from so many manufacturing jobs leaving the state, and an overall decline in average wages.

    The hotel industry in CA is perfect example. A decade ago the full-time housekeeping and maintenance staffs were unionized making $14 to $20 per hour, with benefits. The industry broke the unions. Today, those same jobs pay under $10, most are part-time positions, and almost none have benefits. That's just the tale of 90,000 jobs in California.

    March 27, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Guest

    If 007 is your IQ James Bond then all you have stated must be fact...............but it's not and it is your dumbocrats that think we can spend our way to prosperity and give everything to everyone, illegals et al, at the expense of the tax payer. It is the liberals/dums that wasted their vote. Definitely need some voter ID laws too.

    March 27, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well iab,
    If what you say is true, about the "So Called" Red states where is my share? I haven't been getting it! So, all you "Blue Staters" tell me how to game the system. And, why is California broke?
    --------
    Why is California broke? I'm sure someone from there can explain it better. I'm not going to cast blame or point out the fact that the state's previous governner left the finances in shambles. A lot of the reduced state revenue comes from so many manufacturing jobs leaving the state, and an overall decline in average wages.

    The hotel industry in CA is perfect example. A decade ago the full-time housekeeping and maintenance staffs were unionized making $14 to $20 per hour, with benefits. The industry broke the unions. Today, those same jobs pay under $10, most are part-time positions, and almost none have benefits. That's just the tale of 90,000 jobs in California.
    ****************************
    That's what the Right wants: people too busy trying to survive, rather than moouting some sort of challenge to the staus quo. They will always say that a job is a job: well, then take one of those positions and find out if you can survive on it, or take 2,3 or 4 of them and never see your children. They don't care, period. Ray's claim about Cyprus is laughable: I doubt he has spent much time sorting out Cypriot politics, much less the fact that the island is split between ethnic nationalists.

    March 27, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Guest

    If 007 is your IQ James Bond then all you have stated must be fact...............but it's not and it is your dumbocrats that think we can spend our way to prosperity and give everything to everyone, illegals et al, at the expense of the tax payer. It is the liberals/dums that wasted their vote. Definitely need some voter ID laws too.
    ************
    u r just a caricature of rightie talking points: have u ever had an original thought that was not shouted from Murdoch's propaganda machine?

    March 27, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Guest

    Reality Tom...one day you libs will have to face it and it will be painful.

    March 27, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. tony

    @Ray
    Adding to Rudy and Real tom Paine's point California's governor at the time of their financial problems was a Republican you people can never do a good job mess the economy up and blame everyboby else except your selves

    March 27, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Guest

    Reality Tom...one day you libs will have to face it and it will be painful.
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    "You libs" have already faced it. They've done so for decades. The pain culminated when TARP gave at least $700 billion to the Wall Street banks without any strings attached. Our 401K's were wiped out while taxpayers had to cover their own foolhardy risks.

    March 27, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |