Obama Still Ahead in Virginia

September 30th, 2008 by WY Daily Staff

Obama Still Ahead in Virginia

The latest Fox News/Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Virginia finds Barack Obama leading John McCain 50% to 47%.

This is the second consecutive poll in which Obama has held the advantage in the toss-up state, as he had a five percentage point advantage in a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted just four days ago.

A week ago, McCain held a two-point edge in the previous Fox News/Rasmussen Reports poll. Other than Obama’s five point edge last week, neither candidate led by more than three points since March.

George W. Bush won Virginia by eight percentage points in 2000 and 2004, but Democrats have focused on Virginia this year as a red state they hope to peel away from Republicans.

Obama has a 52% to 41% lead among unaffiliated voters in Virginia. While Obama leads 56% to 40% among women in Virginia, McCain leads 55% to 42% among men.

Both candidates are viewed favorably by 55% and unfavorably by 44% in Virginia.

While 38% of Virginia voters say they would be extremely comfortable with an Obama presidency, just 28% say that of a McCain presidency.

However, 40% say they would not be comfortable at all with Obama in the White House, while 37% say that about McCain.

While 30% of voters say they would be extremely comfortable with Joe Biden as the Vice President, 26% say that of Sarah Palin.

A third of voters (33%) say they would not be comfortable at all with Biden as VP, while nearly half (45%) say that of Palin.

In Virginia, 80% of voters say they are certain of their voting choice, while 20% say they might change their minds before Election Day.

President Bush earns good or excellent ratings from 34% of Virginia voters, while 51% rate his job performance as poor.

Governor Tim Kaine earns good or excellent reviews from 42% of voters, while 24% say

he is doing a poor job.

Rasmussen Reports and Fox News Channel jointly release a series of battleground state polls every Monday at 6 p.m.

Virginia Trends: McCain vs. ObamaDate – McCain – Obama

09/28 – 47% – 50%

09/25 – 45% – 50%

09/21 – 50% – 48%

09/14 – 48% – 48%

09/07 – 49% – 47%

08/12 – 45% – 46%

07/16 – 44% – 44%

06/12 – 44% – 45%

05/08 – 47% – 44%

03/27 – 52% – 41%

02/19 – 49% – 44%

01/03 – 45% – 43%

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