October 26th, 2009
06:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: McDonnell increases lead over Deeds

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll indicates that Republican Bob McDonnell holds a double-digit lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia's gubernatorial battle.

The release of the Washington Post poll Monday evening comes eight days before voters in Virginia head to the polls, and it comes on the eve of a campaign stop by President Barack Obama, who teams up with Deeds at a rally in Norfolk Tuesday.

Fifty-five percent of likely Virginia voters questioned in the survey say they back McDonnell, the state's former attorney general, with 44 percent supporting Deeds, a state senator from the western part of the state. McDonnell's 11-point advantage is up from an 9-point margin last month.

The poll indicates that McDonnell holds double-digit advantages on such issues at the economy, taxes, and transportation - and now leads Deeds for the first time in this campaign on issues of special concern to women.

According to the survey, McDonnell leads among independent voters 61 percent to 36 percent. Deeds is ahead by 7 points in northern Virginia, a stronghold for Democrats, but the poll suggests he trails in every other region across the state.

The president's appearance with Deeds Tuesday will be the second time Obama's teamed up with his fellow Democrat. But seven in 10 people questioned say the president won't be a factor in their vote. Only three in 10 say their perceptions of Obama will influence their vote.

Last November, Obama became the first Democrat to win Virginia in a presidential election in 40 years, thanks in part to an outpouring of excitement among younger voters and minority voters. But the poll suggests Deeds hasn't been able excite supporters this time around, with just 22 percent of his backers saying they are very enthusiastic about his candidacy. Nearly four in 10 McDonnell supporters say they are very enthusiastic.

The Washington Post poll was conducted October 22-25, with 1,206 likely Virginia voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. vic nashville , Tn

    It will change tomorrow

    October 26, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Chanel

    Ouch! The fighting between the White House and the Deeds campaign doesn't help this either. Too bad. Now Republicans are going to use this to say that the "Obama Love Affair is Over" and "This shows Americans don't want health reform" (when all the polls show Americans want health reforms AND a public option.) This is bad for Dems everywhere.

    October 26, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. D.

    Put All Americans First!
    Go McDonnel, stop stealing from our grandchildren!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. c

    God bless the good people of Virginia..Go McDonnell

    October 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. ib

    Hpe they go even higher. All Deeds thinks about is raising our taxes again. Cap & trade which should be cap and scam will hurt industry in Va. and Deeds is for it. NO DEEDS; I sure won't vote him.

    October 26, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Enough

    Well he must be dropping in the polls since Obama abandoned him and is no longer campaigning for him...............or else people are finally waking up and are going to stop the bankrupting of America by voting out all Democrats!

    October 26, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. We Won Get Over It

    When McDonnell makes a mess like the republicans usually do in Virginia, next time they will elect a democrat to clean it up....Look at Allen and the last republican governors...the dumb dums in Virginia so it every time.....Farwells influence is still being felt.

    October 26, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Pat-Indy

    McDonnell's got it in the bag

    October 26, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. Jake

    just say no to the GOP!

    October 26, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. kas

    And many more states and races to come. Keep opening your piehole Obama. ...Everytime you spew, you energize the real Americans to mobilize.

    October 26, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Perusing-through


    Creigh Deeds is another "weak-knee" Democrat much in the likes of previous genteel Democratic leader Tom Daschle. The Democratic Party needs strong-will fighters like Terry McAuliffe, who has a moral compass and a firm belief in "We The People". Unfortunately, Virginia Democrats selected Deeds to go up against "snake-in-sheep-clothing" Republican Bob McDonnell.

    McDonnell is like most members of the GOP – – – an ultra right-wing conservative hypocrite. McDonnell and the GOP primarily care for Big Corporate, Wall Street, and the Health Insurance industry. "We The People" are last with the GOP, and lucky to get crumbs when the Republicans have their way.

    Creigh Deeds have about a week to "man up and fight" with all desperation if he really wants to win.

    October 26, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. Kate in SW Fla

    Creigh Deeds is a crappy condidate and has thrown this very purple state to a neocon in moderate's clothing. Virginia was very poorly served by his insistence on being the nominee, when everyone knew he could not win in the general. He has failed at it several times already.

    October 26, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. Carl Justus

    I am sorry to hear that. I think the Virginian's forget it was the last three republican president that increased the massive national republican debt by 9.5 trillion dollars.

    Reagan increased the debt 2 plus trillion, George Herbert Walker Bush increased the massive debt by 1,5 trillion including a 290 billion dollar deficit for Clinton.

    Clinton raised taxes to pay down the deficit and debt which the republicans said would put us into a recession and without a single republican vote. George W. Bush gave the richest of country not one, not two, but three of the biggest tax cuts in history with the help of a republican controlled congress and increased the massive republican national debt 6 trillion dollars leaving a deficit of 1.2 trillion dollars. Dubya borrowed 1.9 billion dollars for every day he was in office and put this country in danger of bankruptcy with the help of the republican congress-I do not think we can afford another one.

    October 26, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. Independent Senior in Bandon, Oregon

    Go Virginia!

    Yes yes yes!

    Elect a Republican and as more states do this, we will soon have another

    George W. Bush!

    October 26, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    Let me say something............. McDonnell CHEATS because all you see around the entire state of Virginia are BLUE posters with WHITE text and RED borders..... The colors of the DEMOCRATS!!!!! He looks like a DEMOCRAT to many people who do not know any difference...!!! It's a shame he cannot run as a REPUBLI-CAN'T and be proud of where he comes from and use his own colors!!! The color is RED!!!!

    Man, I am trying my best to get everyone out there to vote and hopefully when President Obama comes tomorrow he can BOOST some more. I can't STAND McDonnell...

    October 26, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. Johnny DC

    Deeds is a joke. Everyone in DC knows this. Obama couldn't save him back when he had positive numbers - now that the president's numbers are in the toilet (or heading there fast), he's even more of a liability.

    Change is coming. 2010/2012.

    October 26, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. cuchiq12b

    I reckon the people of Virginia have all they want of the Obama lies.

    October 26, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. Bull

    America is starting to wake up and recognize the mistake they made in November 2008.

    October 26, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. On the other hand...

    Pass an expensive health care bill using reconciliation and the Democrats will be dropping like flies.

    October 26, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  20. Willy Brown

    Of course. We don't need Nobama clones.

    October 26, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  21. Eric in Denver

    First we will take Virginia, than NJ, than the house and senate next year. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRG. Alright it is only funny when the kook Dean does it but let's all thank the dems for ruining the country. Hopefully it won't be too far gone when the consevative party takes over next year. Good bye Mr Dodd and Mr Reid don't let the door hit you on the way out!!!!

    October 26, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. bawana

    come on virginia dems don't let the red neck jerk repug get elected what is wrong with you get it together

    October 26, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    Creigh Deeds isn't the strongest candidate, but McDonnell's college age attitude towards women disturbs me. I hope y'all know what you're doing up there in VA; half of you may not be of any concern to him if he wins. It's that old dog new trick thing. Hope I'm wrong. Good luck, folks.

    October 26, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. terry,va

    Change is a coming. Not even Acorn and Northern Va folks can help Deeds.

    October 26, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  25. Tony In Largo, Fl

    Deeds suporters in Virginia: go out and vote for him. The people in Virginia will get it eventually.

    Voting for a Democrat is more like voting for yourselves than voting for a Republican who simply belongs to the Law Firm that represents the Big Insurance Industry and all of the other big fat cats on Wall Street who steal the hard earned money that you put into their trust.

    October 26, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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