Viriginia Governor Poll Shows Dead Heat

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A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests the two presumed nominees for Virginia's governorship is somewhat unknown to voters.

Neither Republican Virginia State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli nor Democrat Terry McAuliffe have an overwhelming lead, and as the Washington Times reported, the decision by Lt. Gov Bill Bolling to bow out of the race as an independent has had no serious change in the race.

Here's a closer look at the latest news regarding the Virginia governor's race.

* The Virginia-Pilot reported that the polling firm had shown a virtual dead heat for months, and that this polling, gathered between March 20 and 25, wasn't very different.

* McAuliffe slightly trails Cuccinelli by 2 points, at 40 percent to 38 percent.

* Cuccinelli has a strong lead among men with 49 percent of voters to McAuliffe's 33 percent and with white voters, at 49 percent to 30 percent. He holds a good lead among independent voters as well, 37 percent to 29 percent.

* McAuliffe, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, is favored by women voters 43 percent to 33 percent and by black voters 70 percent to 7 percent.

* Regionally, McAuliffe is favored by 43 percent of voters in the north of the state while Cuccinelli would take 47 percent to McAuliffe's 29 percent in the west and Shenandoah if the election were held today. The two candidates were tied in the rest of the state.

* When asked if views were favorable or unfavorable, both Cuccinelli and McAaliffe were given slightly more favorable than unfavorable ratings. But in both cases, voters said they mostly haven't heard enough about them.

* Cuccinelli had 30 percent favorability to 24 percent unfavorability, with 44 percent saying they haven't heard enough about him and 2 percent refusing.

* McAuliffe is much more unknown to voters. He had a 20 percent favorability to a 16 percent unfavorability, with 63 percent having not heard enough about him and 1 percent refusing to give an opinion.

* Gov. Bob McDonnell remains popular with a majority of voters, receiving 53 percent approval for his job performance compared to 26 percent disapproving. The same was true for both senators, with Sen. Mark Warner approved of by 56 percent of those asked to 26 percent disapproving, and Sen. Tim Kaine at 47 percent approval to 33 percent disapproval.

* The state legislature gets a divided reviews, with 40 percent approving and 40 percent disapproving.

Shawn Humphrey is a former contributor to The Flint Journal and lives near Washington in Germantown, Md.

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