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Toplines - Virginia Governor Election - September 16, 2009

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Virginia

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

September 16, 2009

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?

41% Strongly approve

8% Somewhat approve

9% 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?

27% Strongly approve

25% Somewhat approve

21% Somewhat disapprove

25% Strongly disapprove

2% Not sure

3* Election 2009: Virginia Governor’s Race

Candidate

With Leaners

Robert McDonnell (R)

48%

Creigh Deeds (D)

46%

Some other candidate

1%

Not sure

5%

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.

Candidate

Very favorable

Somewhat favorable

Somewhat unfavorable

Very unfavorable

Not sure

Robert McDonnell (R)

27%

27%

18%

14%

13%

Creigh Deeds (D)

23%

27%

23%

195

8%

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

50% McDonnell

36% Deeds

15% Not sure

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

49% McDonnell

31% Deeds

21% Not sure

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

38% McDonnell

36% Deeds

27% Not sure

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

30% Very important

22% Somewhat important

17% Not very important

21% Not at all important

10% Not sure

9* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?

34% Strongly favor

12% Somewhat favor

6% Somewhat oppose

45% Strongly oppose

3% Not sure

10* If the health care reform plan passes, will the quality of health care get better, worse, or stay about the same?

34% Better

48% Worse

14% Stay the same

4% Not sure

11* If the health care reform plan passes, will the cost of health care go up, go down, or stay about the same?

52% The cost of health care will go up

25% The cost will go down

19% Stay the same

4% Not sure

12* Is the health care reform legislation being considered by Congress likely to increase the deficit, reduce the deficit, or have no impact on the deficit?

62% Increase the deficit

10% Reduce the deficit

21% Have no impact on the deficit

7% Not sure

13* To cover the cost of health care reform, how likely is it that taxes will have to be raised on the middle class?

59% Very likely

19% Somewhat likely

15% Not very likely

4% Not at all likely

3% Not sure

14* Generally speaking, how would you rate the U.S. economy these days? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

5% Excellent

7% Good

42% Fair

46% Poor

1% Not sure

15* Are economic conditions in the country getting better or worse?

43% Better

33% Worse

20% Staying the same

3% Not sure

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