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Toplines - Virginia Governor - October 12, 2009

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Virginia State Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted October 12, 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

16% Somewhat approve

9% Somewhat disapprove

38% 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?

23% Strongly approve

31% Somewhat approve

19% Somewhat disapprove

24% 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%

50%

Creigh Deeds

42%

43%

Some Other Candidates

2%

0%

Not sure

8%

6%

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

32%

20%

Somewhat Favorable

27%

27%

Somewhat Unfavorable

18%

25%

Very Unfavorable

16%

22%

Not Sure

7%

6%

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

52% McDonnell

35% Deeds

13% Not sure

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

52% McDonnell

27% Deeds

22% Not sure

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

43% McDonnell

37% Deeds

20% Not sure

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

29% Very important
26% Somewhat important
21% Not very important
18% Not at all important
6% Not sure

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

36% Very important
19% Somewhat important
25% Not very important
17% Not at all important
3% Not sure

10* If President Obama comes to Virginia to campaign for Creigh Deeds, does that make you more likely or less likely to vote for Deeds?

23% More likely

43% Less likely
32% It would have no impact
2% Not sure

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