RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race.
Forty-seven percent of the poll’s 1,180 likely voters surveyed Oct. 2-8 favored McAuliffe. Thirty-nine percent supported Cuccinelli and 8 percent supported Libertarian Robert Sarvis. The poll’s margin of sampling error was plus-or-minus 2.9 percentage points.
The poll showed McAuliffe with a wide margin among women voters, who favored him to Cuccinelli 54 percent to 34 percent with 7 percent for Sarvis.
By nearly a 3-to-1 ratio, respondents opposed shutting down the federal government to block the federal health care law. Yet 58 percent said they were not personally inconvenienced by the shutdown.
McAuliffe and Cuccinelli recently exchanged a series of personal jabs during a debate in McLean.
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