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Toplines - Virginia Governor Election - October 27, 2009

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Virginia State Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters

Conducted October 27, 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?

37% Strongly approve

12% Somewhat approve

11% Somewhat disapprove

40% Strongly disapprove

1% 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?

26% Strongly approve

27% Somewhat approve

20% Somewhat disapprove

25% Strongly disapprove

2% 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?

Vote for Governor

Robert McDonnell

54%

Creigh Deeds

41%

Some Other Candidates

0%

Not sure

4%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

McDonnell

Deeds

Very Favorable

36%

22%

Somewhat Favorable

26%

25%

Somewhat Unfavorable

15%

23%

Very Unfavorable

15%

27%

Not Sure

8%

3%

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

56% McDonnell

34% Deeds

10% Not sure

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

53% McDonnell

26% Deeds

21% Not sure

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

45% McDonnell

35% Deeds

21% Not sure

8* In terms of how you will vote this November, how important is the content of McDonnell’s thesis?

24% Very important
17% Somewhat important
23% Not very important
28% Not at all important
8% Not sure

9* Does President Obama’s visit to Virginia to campaign for Creigh Deeds make you more likely or less likely to vote for Deeds?

24% More likely

39% Less likely
36% It would have no impact
1% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence