In Virginia’s governor race this year, which candidate will you dislike the least?

Terry McAuliffe on stage at the Friday Night Jamboree.
Terry McAuliffe on stage at the Friday Night Jamboree.
Terry McAuliffe on stage at the Friday Night Jamboree.

According to most polls, Virginians go to the ballot box next month and will have to pick the candidate for governor they dislike or distrust the least.

Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe leads Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in most surveys but besides the ballot test, the next question voters must face is whether or not they like or trust either candidate.

In the latest Roanoke College poll, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli 40 to 34 percent but only 36 percent have a favorable view of the Democratic candidate.  His only saving grace in that poll is that he leads Cuccinelli in that department by five percentage points.

When it comes to unfavorable ratings, Cucinelli has a clear lead where 46 percent of Virginia view him with distaste while 32 percent don’t care that much for McAuliffe.

“Terry McAuliffe may be solidifying his position as the ‘less of two evils’ in this election,” says Harry Wilson, director of Roanoke College’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research.

Two other polls show McAuliffe with larger leads in the ballot question:  He leads 47-48 percent in a Christopher Newport University survey and 44 to 35 percent in a poll for the web site Politico.

Politico’s poll puts McAuliffe’s unfavorable at 49 percent and Cuccinelli’s dislike rating at 57 percent.

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis is far behind the to other candidates in all polls with support ranging from 8-12 percent.

 

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2 thoughts on “In Virginia’s governor race this year, which candidate will you dislike the least?”

  1. Your heading sums up the dilemma. What is clear, however, is that the philosophies of the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general could not be more distinct. It you like far right warriors in the war against women, religious zealots and tea party types Cucc and his running mates are the team for you. If, one the other hand, you believe in diversity, the rights of individuals to make their own decisions, support an unwritten commandment to not write laws about body parts you don’t have, are moderate in your economic and governing philosophies – there’s no doubt you’ll be better off with McAuliffe, Northam, and Herring. In addition, I hope the media starts focusing more attention on the race for Attorney General. The past four years have demonstrated just what a negative effect the AG can have on the Commonwealth.

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