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.
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.