- Airport assassination: Mayor, 3 others killed at Manila airport
- Tea party-type lawmakers take mysterious, off-books trip to Mideast
- North Korea warns South: We’ll attack ‘without warning’
- Congress sends sweeping defense bill to Obama
- Multiple injuries as balcony collapses at London’s Apollo theatre during performance
- Egypt rights center raided, 2 Mubaraks acquitted
- New Mexico Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage constitutional
- Blame Bush: 5 years later, that’s still the mantra, pollsters find
- Dutch prostitutes demand same retirement benefits as soccer stars
- John McCain to Harry Reid: I’ll ‘kick the crap’ out of you
Obama’s approval falls to 40 percent of Virginia voters
Question of the Day
A new poll shows President Obama's approval rating has dropped in Virginia, a battleground state he won in 2008 and likely will need again to win re-election.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Mr. Obama's approval rating at 40 percent, compared to 48 percent in June.
Mr. Obama's victory in Virginia three years ago marked the first time a Democratic presidential candidate won the state since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
The Quinnipiac poll, based on phone interviews with 1,368 registered Virginia voters from Sept. 7 to 12, also shows the president's disapproval rating has increased since June, from 48 percent to 54 percent.
Voters, by a 51 percent to 41 percent margin, also said Mr. Obama does not deserve re-election, compared to the 47-47 split in the June poll.
Independents, crucial to Mr. Obama in 2008, disapprove 62 percent to 29 percent, compared to 54 and 41 in June, according to the poll.
The poll also shows the president's numbers in potential match-ups against GOP contenders are similar to those in other polls.
Mr. Obama leads Texas Gov. Rick Perry 44 percent to 42 percent but trails former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by the same numbers. However, both races are considered a tie because the numbers are within the poll's 2.7 percent margin of error.
Mr. Romney leads Mr. Obama 44 percent to 35 percent among independents, while Mr. Perry and the president were tied at 40 percent.
"At this point, Romney and Perry both are in a horse race against President Barack Obama," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The big difference is among independent voters."
Against Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, the president leads 48 percent to 37 percent. And he leads 50 percent to 35 percent against former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin if she were to run.
Both parties have made it clear that Virginia will be a key state next year. Mr. Obama traveled to Richmond last week to pitch his jobs plan, and Mr. Perry delivered speeches Wednesday at Liberty University in Lynchburg and at a Republican Party of Virginia fundraiser in Richmond.
Mr. Perry leads all GOP candidates in a hypothetical Virginia GOP primary with 25 percent of the vote, followed by Mr. Romney with 19 percent and all other candidates in single digits. Mrs. Bachmann was at 5 percent and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. was at 1 percent, according to the poll.
"While this is our first look at the GOP presidential race in Virginia, Bachmann's 5 percent showing could be a real body blow to her White House hopes," Mr. Brown said.
Mr. Perry leads Mr. Romney 43 percent 36 percent in a head-to-head contest in the Republican primary, according to the poll.
"Rick Perry's campaign sees carrying the South in the nomination race as critical and the data from the capital of the Confederacy gives him reason to be optimistic," Mr. Brown said.
Mr. Perry had 51 percent of the vote among white, evangelical Christians, compared to 29 percent for Mr. Romney.
In the closely watched race for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine, both former Virginia governors, are in a dead heat.
Mr. Allen holds a 45 percent to 44 percent lead over Mr. Kaine, statistically unchanged from June when Mr. Kaine led 43 percent to 42 percent. However, Mr. Kaine hold a 42 percent to 40 percent advantage over Mr. Allen among independent voters in a head-to-head race, according to the poll.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Actress Glenn Close, advocacy groups prod Congress on mental health legislation
- Virginia conservative offers solution to bureaucratic nightmare regarding concealed weapons
- House retirements creating pickup opportunities for Democrats and Republicans
- Senate confirms Obama pick Jeh Johnson as Homeland Security secretary
- 75 is the new old: VA DMV study recommends fitness tests for aging drivers
Latest Blog Entries
By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
- Citing 'unfair system,' Obama commutes sentences for 8 crack offenders
- Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine!
- Homeland Security helps smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.
- Huge backlash mounts over suspension of 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson
- PRUDEN: 'Tis the season for apologies
- EDITORIAL: Red faces at the White House
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- UHLER and FERRARA: Obamacare, the end of the progressive era
- Sebelius adds yet another exemption for Obamacare
- Breaking Bad: Alligators becoming the new pit bulls for drug dealers, cops say
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Southern Fried Politics from the Lens of a Persian-American Millennial
All of the world’s problems, solved on your back porch
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow