Poll: Perry up, Obama down in Virginia
September 15th, 2011
09:33 AM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Perry up, Obama down in Virginia

(CNN) - Republican voters in the battleground state of Virginia chose Rick Perry as their top choice for president in a new poll, while Perry and fellow GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney ran neck and neck against President Barack Obama in hypothetical 2012 matchups.

The Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday showed the Texas governor with 25 percent support among Republican and GOP-leaning independent voters, compared with Romney's 19 percent. No other Republican candidate broke into double digits.

Against Obama, Perry received 42 percent support to Obama's 44 percent and Romney garnered 44 percent to Obama's 42 percent.

The new survey also showed the president with a 54 percent disapproval rating with voters in the state, up from 48 percent in a June poll.

Obama's job approval was especially hurt among independent voters, who disapproved of his performance 62 percent to 29 percent, compared to a 54 percent to 41 percent difference in June.

In 2008 Obama won 53 percent of the vote in the swing state that former President George W. Bush won in 2004 and 2000. But voters in the state elected Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in a highly contested election in 2010 and Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen, both former governors, are now locked in a close race for the open senate seat in 2012.

Allen and Kaine remain statistically tied in the new poll, receiving 45 percent and 44 percent respectively, for the Senate seat left open by Democratic Sen. Jim Webb who announced in February he would not run for reelection.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,368 registered voters between Sept. 7 and Sept. 12 with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Rick Perry • Virginia
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. james Miller

    Perry--- a perfect President for a House full of extreme right wing nut jobs. ----–Washington desperatelyneeds a giant enema beginning with the House of Representatives, then Senate and finally the White House.

    September 15, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Perry has clearly communicated that he gets his "direction" from GOD. He likes to repeat the misinformation that America is a "christian" nation. Nothing could be further from the truth of what is written in our Constitution. The founders broke away from a theocracy controlled by the rich and powerful, who used the government to secure the elite position in society. The founders totally rejected everything Perry and christian fundamentalists stand for. America is not going to stand for it.

    America has watched the Tea Party take over the House of Representatives and begin enacting their radical social engineering agenda. The economy had showed 18 consecutive months of jobs growth until the Tea Party took charge. The facts speak for themselves, as we continue to see a slide in GDP and rising unemployment as a direct result of their economic policies.

    September 15, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. mikle

    Anybody ,but Obame. Experiment is over and it's was bad one. I vote for Obame because he was historical person. I'm sorry. He don't brain for be president. He is in panic and it's show. His plan is the same as old plan.

    September 15, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "Perry Lashes Out At Bachman"

    And yet he's still retreating from the HPV position he took just this Monday when he defended the program as having an "opt-out" provision. Now he's saying that the whole program should have been an "opt-in" program. He said it just today at a VA fundraiser. Grand Old Pandering.

    September 15, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has become of zero importance, in Washington, as he is so partisan, and so determined to keep people on welfare, that even those in his own party, no longer believe in him.

    September 15, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    It doesn't matter who the Republicans nominate, Obama will not win Virginia in 2012. I doubt he'll win more than 10 states at this point. Any district where Obama does win should be targetted for additional mental health examinations, free of charge.

    September 15, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Top Republicans indicated there were some parts of the plan they liked - that is, until they found out how Obama wanted to pay for the spending: Tax hikes."

    Does it feel good to lie, CNN? Is Crossroads GPS paying a "premium" (wink wink) for commercial time or something? The proposal Obama sent to Congress used a trigger mechanism just like Congress' debt compromise. It required the "cuper committee" to reach agreement on a total of $1.65T in deficit reduction measures, instead of just $1.2T and ONLY if they failed to come to agreement would it require enactment of a set of tax reform and spending cut measures, such as getting rid of the subsidies to Big Oil and closing several corporate loopholes. Your reporting of GOP talking point spin that "Obama wants to pay for it with tax increases" as though it is a fact, instead of a misrepresentation of a more complicated situation, is completely disingenuous and reveals either your bias or your laziness...perhaps both.

    September 15, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    And another thing, Obama is the only adult in the room and the most intelligent . . . Period.
    There is book smart and then there is street smart. Obama is definitely NOT street smart. And at this point, I demand to see his college grades because I have severe doubts he is book smart. He certainly knows NOTHING about how our economy works. But he DOES give good divisive, partisan campaign speeches. Unfortunayely, that is just about all he does well.

    September 15, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    @Anonymous & mikle

    Dang – you posted it twice and still either one makes sense???

    Presdient Obama is beating every candidate on the RIGHT in polls and more than HALF of America is not even paying attention now – just the political nut cases, like myself and others who blog here. President Obama was always NOT leading in the polls in 2008 either and look what happened.

    Virginia is NOT going back to RED!!! Virginia has too many "northerns" here and we're NOT having it. These polls only seem to be polling the far-RIGHT that is paying attention now.

    And as far as "macaca[sic] Allen, he does NOT have a chance – Kaine will WIN that race!!! I will go again to see Obama/Kaine when Obama comes here to campaign for him.........YES I WILL!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    September 15, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Niki

    Perry may look crazy now, but after he gets Sarah Palin as a running mate, he'll look like a genius in comparison! He can then move politically to the middle and SP can keep the crazies super charged to vote! Such a sad case when dumb and dumber can run and potentially win the White House.

    September 15, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Atlanta Independent Voters

    I am a independent voter and not voting for Perry because of his views with Social Security, Medicare.

    Independent voters for Biden/Obama 2012

    September 15, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Lolo

    They are only polling republicans so who cares. They are cutting off their noses to spite there faes. I would rather keep the person I know and have seen than to hedge a bet on the person that I do not know. Keepit up America, we are digging ourselves in a deeper hole.

    September 15, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Out of Texas

    Perry stood on the national stage at the Tea Party republican debate and looked America straight in the eyes and openly lied without batting an eye when he said that the drug company Merck had only paid him five thousand dollars for signing an executive order mandating teen-aged girls to be forced to take the HPV vaccine. It has been investigated and proven that Perry had received much more.

    If Rick Perry can so easily lie at a simple debate, imagine the lies he would tell as Potus.

    September 15, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    The truth of the matter is that conservatives are more worried about President Obama's re-election than liberals are. They are worried because the polls continue to show that far more Americans blame Bush and Republicans for the bad economy than those who blame President Obama and the Democrats.

    September 15, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. thomas

    Bush and the GOP handed the Obama administration such an economic time bomb . They knew that it would take more then four years to stabilize the economy. There strategy was to make Obama or Hillary be a one term president. They did the same with Jimmy Carter. One thing for sure , the GOP has a long term strategy to stay in power and destroy the middle class.
    Virginia is a state with the largest amount of military and defense contractors , they will go red !

    September 15, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. cindy

    None of the t-party or rethuglican party candidates are for the people. All bought and paid for by big corporations to turn America into a defunct third world where we can all do their bidding,work for a dolla-granny and the toddler too-at all hours til they drop,breathe foul air,drink sewer water and maybe get a scrap or 2 to eat as we are all too lazy or ignorant to do for ourselves. No benefits to the job...if you get sick...get better quick or die as it does not matter to themWhatever Presidents faults-you can't say he is NOT trying. More than I see from the party of no.OBAMA-BIDEN 2012

    September 15, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. The Elephant in The Room

    It`s no wonder this country is struggling. We allow politicians to work 20% of the time and campaign 80% of time. Seems to me we`ve got that reversed.

    Michele Bachmann hasn`t worked as a House member. Dock her pay. Rick Perry isn`t working as a Governor, dock him. Heck, since both are quick to says GOD told them to run, shouldn`t they quit and really throw themselves into carrying out God`s mandate? Same with Ron Paul. They are ALL cheating the taxpayers and we sit quietly by and let it happen.

    Hell, I was a Fortune 200 executive. Wouldn`t it be great if I had not needed to do my job while I pursued the CEO-suite at multiple other companies full time?

    America is stagnating because we have people posturing / jockeying all the time instead of performing. Let`s ask Virginia who it wants about a year from now.

    September 15, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Rickster

    Well, it was fun while it lasted, huh dems? Anybody with a functioning brain knows that Obama and today's democrat party have been complete and total failures. You can spin it all you want and you can bash the republicans all you want but, in the end, everybody knows that Obama and his minions are failures.

    September 15, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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