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Toplines - Virginia Governor Election - August 10, 2009

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Virginia State Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted August 10, 2009

By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

39% Strongly approve

9% Somewhat approve

10% Somewhat disapprove

41% Strongly disapprove

0% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Tim Kaine has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

25% Strongly approve

31% Somewhat approve

22% Somewhat disapprove

21% Strongly disapprove

1% Not sure

3* In thinking about the 2009 election for Governor of Virginia if the election were held today would you vote for Republican Robert McDonnell or Democrat Creigh Deeds?

Without Leaners

With Leaners

Robert McDonnell

47%

49%

Creigh Deeds

38%

41%

Some Other Candidates

3%

2%

Not sure

12%

7%

4* Favorable Ratings

McDonnell

Deeds

Warner

Kaine

Very Favorable

23%

21%

39%

32%

Somewhat Favorable

30%

27%

24%

22%

Somewhat Unfavorable

18%

25%

17%

21%

Very Unfavorable

12%

14%

14%

21%

Not Sure

18%

13%

6%

4%

5* Which gubernatorial candidate do you trust more on taxes….Robert McDonnell or Creigh Deeds?

48% McDonnell

30% Deeds

22% Not sure

6* Okay…which candidate do you trust more to cut government spending?

46% McDonnell

24% Deeds

30% Not sure

7* Fine…which candidate is more likely to confront Virginia's transportation problems?

36% McDonnell

33% Deeds

31% Not sure

8* next….which candidate do you trust more on the issue of abortion?

39% McDonnell

27% Deeds

34% Not sure

9* In terms of how you will vote in the 2009 Governor Election, how important is the performance of President Obama?

28% Very important
16% Somewhat important
29% Not very important
23% Not at all important
4% Not sure

10* To pay for transportation projects, do you favor or oppose privatizing state run liquor stores?

42% Favor
28% Oppose
29% Not sure

11* Does Tim Kaine serving as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee have a positive impact on his ability to govern, a negative impact on his ability to govern or does it have no impact?

21% Positive
40% Negative
33% No impact
6% Not sure

12* Should the panel investigating the Virginia Tech shootings be reconvened or would reconvening the panel be too upsetting to the families of the victims?

24% Panel should be reconvened

48% Reconvening the panel would be too upsetting to the families of the victims
28% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence