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Toplines - Virginia Governor Election - September 29, 2009

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Virginia State Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted September 29, 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?

40% Strongly approve

12% Somewhat approve

9% Somewhat disapprove

39% 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?

31% Strongly approve

28% Somewhat approve

22% Somewhat disapprove

18% 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?

Without Leaners

With Leaners

Robert McDonnell

49%

51%

Creigh Deeds

39%

42%

Some Other Candidates

2%

1%

Not sure

10%

7%

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

20%

20%

Somewhat Favorable

24%

26%

Somewhat Unfavorable

24%

22%

Very Unfavorable

13%

23%

Not Sure

10%

9%

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

51% McDonnell

36% Deeds

14% Not sure

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

46% McDonnell

30% Deeds

23% Not sure

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

45% McDonnell

32% Deeds

24% Not sure

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

32% Very important
19% Somewhat important
21% Not very important
19% Not at all important
9% Not sure

9* Does a Mark Warner endorsement of Creigh Deeds make you more likely or less likely to vote for Deeds?

33% More likely
30% Less likely
34% It would have no impact
3% Not sure

10* Does former Democratic governor Doug Wilder’s decision to remain neutral in the 2009 Virginia governor’s race make you more likely or less likely to vote for Creigh Deeds?

6% More likely

10% Less likely
80% It would have no impact
4% Not sure

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