Poll: McDonnell No Help to GOP in VA as VP Choice

3/20/2012

HIGHLIGHT:  "Yet the poll found Romney's cause in Virginia wouldn't be helped by adding popular Gov. Bob McDonnell to the ticket - voters favor Obama and Vice President Joe Biden by a 50-43 percent margin over that Republican pairing.

Despite the governor's approval ratings in Virginia, "he does not appear to help give the GOP the state's electoral votes," Brown added about McDonnell, a Romney backer.

The Quinnipiac poll is based on live telephone interviews with 1,034 registered voters conducted March 13-18 and has a 3.1 percent margin of error."

 

Poll: Romney-McDonnell ticket wouldn't beat Obama 

By Julian Walker

The Virginian-Pilot

© March 20, 2012

RICHMOND

For the second time in as many months, the see-sawing sentiments of Virginia voters about this year's presidential race tilt towards President Barack Obama, according to Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Survey results released Tuesday by the Connecticut-based polling outfit give Obama a 50-42 percent lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who leads the delegate count in the GOP field.

The poll also puts Obama ahead of the other Republicans seeking the nomination: former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and Texas congressman Ron Paul.

"Obama has opened up some daylight in Virginia against his Republican challengers," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Romney handily won Virginia's March 6 Super Tuesday primary, taking nearly three-fifths of the 265,570 vote cast to outdistance Paul in a two-man contest that drew roughly 5 percent of the state's voters.

Yet the poll found Romney's cause in Virginia wouldn't be helped by adding popular Gov. Bob McDonnell to the ticket - voters favor Obama and Vice President Joe Biden by a 50-43 percent margin over that Republican pairing.

Despite the governor's approval ratings in Virginia, "he does not appear to help give the GOP the state's electoral votes," Brown added about McDonnell, a Romney backer.

The Quinnipiac poll is based on live telephone interviews with 1,034 registered voters conducted March 13-18 and has a 3.1 percent margin of error.

Its sample includes slightly more Republicans than Democrats -- 286 to 282, along with 407 self-identified independents -- but its weighted totals appear to favor Democrats.

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