POLITICO/PPP/Harper Poll:  Virginia Governor


To:             POLITICO
From:        Brock McCleary
Re:             Key Poll Findings

Both candidates have been unpopular with Virginia voters for weeks, but Ken Cuccinelli’s net -22% image has reached its breaking point while Terry McAuliffe, at -10%, has seemingly stopped the bleeding.  The question is who’s to blame. Already playing from behind, Cuccinelli is getting no help from the shutdown fight in Washington.  Sixty-three percent of Independents oppose the shutdown over Obamacare.  Virginia Republicans are relatively split, with 51% supporting the shutdown and a healthy 41% opposing it.  Interestingly, a third of Republicans (34%) say their party is at least partially to blame for the shutdown.  Absent a shutdown, the Cuccinelli campaign could be making a play to capitalize on voters’ largely negative reviews concerning the implementation of Obamacare.   Only 36% rate implementation as “excellent” or “good”, while 60% give it a “fair” or “poor” rating.  Libertarian Robert Sarvis continues to poll higher than he is likely to finish at the ballot box, as is often the case with third party candidates.



Q.
The candidates for Governor this fall are Republican Ken Cuccinelli, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, and Libertarian Robert Sarvis. If the election was today, who would you vote for?


Government Shutdown


Q.
Do you support or oppose the federal government shutting down over the funding for Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?

Q.
Who do you blame most for the ongoing shutdown of the federal government: Republicans in Congress, President Obama and Senate Democrats or both equally?


Candidate Images


Obamacare


Q.
Based on what you have read or heard, how would you rate the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?
 
 
Harper Polling