Hamden, CT, United States (4E) – Democrat Terry McAuliffe is ahead of Republican Ken Cuccinelli by six points in the race for Virginia governor, according to the first poll of Quinnipiac University released on Wednesday.
From the 1,129 voters surveyed from Aug. 14-19, 48 percent chose McAuliffe while 42 percent rooted for challenger Cuccinelli, the Virginia attorney general.
The survey also showed that 34 to 33 percent favorable view on McAuliffe and 41 to 35 percent unfavorable view of Cuccinelli.
Voters are divided 39 – 36 percent on whether McAuliffe is honest and trustworthy, and are divided 42 – 43 percent on Cuccinelli’s honesty.
In terms of experience, voters said Cuccinelli has it 56-31 percent, compared to 46-34 percent for McAuliffe.
As to the understanding of the people’s problems, 38 percent said McAuliffe understands while 42 percent said he doesn’t. From 51 to 37 percent said Cuccinelli doesn’t understand.
Meanwhile, 75 percent of voters don’t know enough about candidate for lieutenant governor Republican E.W. Jackson to form an opinion of him while 87 percent don’t know enough about his Democratic rival Ralph Northam.
Republican attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain gets an 82 percent “don’t know enough,” compared to 88 percent for Democrat Mark Herring.