RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe continues to lead in the governor’s race, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday says 44 percent of likely Virginia voters would vote for McAuliffe, as opposed to 41 percent for Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli and 7 percent for Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis.
In August, McAuliffe polled at 48 percent and Cuccinelli polled at 42 percent in another Quinnipiac poll. Sarvis was not included in the poll.
According to the poll, 38 percent of likely voters view McAuliffe in a favorable light and 38 percent view him unfavorably. McAuliffe’s favorability rose four points from August, though the percentage of voters who viewed him unfavorably rose five points.
Additionally, 34 percent of likely voters view Cuccinelli in a favorable light and 51 percent view him unfavorably. In the August poll, 34 percent viewed him favorably, as opposed to 41 percent unfavorably.
Sarvis’ favorability polled at 8 percent, with 6 percent viewing the candidate unfavorably. 85 percent of voters said they hadn’t heard enough about Sarvis.
In the lieutenant governor’s race, the majority of likely voters say they haven’t heard enough about either candidate, Republican E.W. Jackson and Democrat Ralph Northam. Same with the attorney general race involving Republican March Obenshain and Democrat Mark Herring.
When asked if voters thought McAuliffe was honest and trustworthy, 39 percent said yes and 42 percent said no. For Cuccinelli, 39 percent said yes and 49 percent said no.
The poll also asked if voters approved of Cuccinelli’s job as attorney general. 42 percent of voters said yes, while 49 percent of voters said they disapproved. In August, 42 percent said yes and 46 percent said they disapproved.
"This race is within the margin of error, which we always knew was the case,” Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix said. “As voters learn more about Ken Cuccinelli’s record of fighting for Virginia and Terry McAuliffe’s record of putting himself first at the expense of workers, they are going side with the attorney general. With each passing day, the energy and enthusiasm on the ground in support of Cuccinelli grows and with less than 50 days, our campaign is working to deliver victory on November 5."
"We never put much stock in a single poll, but with more than half of Virginians finding Cuccinelli and his extreme social agenda unfavorable everyone should expect to see the Cuccinelli campaign become more and more desperate in the final weeks of the campaign,” McAullife spokesman Josh Schwerin told WAVY.com.
"We're pleased to see Quinnipiac recognize that Robert Sarvis is running a professional, mainstream campaign by including him - finally - in their polling for this contest," Sarvis campaign strategist John Vaught LaBeaume told WAVY.com. "And we're reassured that they recognize, too, that the Sarvis vision for a Virginia that's 'Open-minded and Open Business' needs to be polled so that it can be analyzed to determine how it's received in a 'purpling' Commonwealth undergoing significant demographic upheaval."
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