Augusta Free Press

Toss-up: New poll has McDonnell-Deeds race too close to call

What was a nine-point advantage for Bob McDonnell in the Virginia governor’s race two weeks ago is now down to two, according to a new poll by Rasmussen Reports released Thursday afternoon.

The poll has McDonnell’s lead at 48 percent to 46 percent for Creigh Deeds. McDonnell led two weeks ago by a 51 percent-to-42 percent margin.

The shift seems to be the result of voter reaction to the thesis that McDonnell wrote in 1989 as a 34-year-old graduate student at the conservative Regent University that laid out a blueprint for social-conservative action in the political arena that also spelled out McDonnell’s views on working women, reproductive choice and gays and lesbians.

Fifty-two percent of those surveyed told Rasmussen that the thesis is at least somewhat important in terms of how they will vote. The number of unaffiliated voters who consider the thesis to be important is 47 percent.

Gov. Tim Kaine’s approval rating in the poll was at 52 percent. President Barack Obama’s approval rating in Virginia is at 49 percent.


– Story by Chris Graham