2012 Presidential, Senate Races Neck and Neck in Va. - NBC4 Washington

2012 Presidential, Senate Races Neck and Neck in Va.



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    The 2012 marquee elections for president and U.S. Senate are nearly tied in Virginia, according to a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University.

    Voters were evenly split on President Barack Obama’s job approval and whether he deserves a second term. The same is also true for a potential vote between former governors running for Senate.

    Here are the numbers:

    • 47 percent felt President Obama should be re-elected. Equally, 47 percent felt he should not. Six percent of were undecided.
    • 43 percent favored the president in a hypothetical matchup, against an unnamed Republican nominee while 41 percent backed the nameless Republican. Ten percent said it depends on who the GOP nominee is with another 6 percent undecided.
    • 48 percent disapprove of his administration's agenda compared to 47 percent who do with 6 percent undecided.
    • 54 percent of independent voters don’t approve of Obama's policies while 39 percent favor them.
    • 49 percent supported a repeal of President Obama’s health care reforms while 42 percent did not.
    • In the race for Senate, 43 percent chose Democrat Tim Kaine while 42 percent backed Republican George Allen.
    • 57 percent approved of the job Sen. Mark R. Warner, has done compared to a Twenty-nine percent disapproval rating.14 percent offered no opinion.

    These numbers came from telephone interviews of 1,434-registered Virginia voters from June 21-27 by the independent poll based at the university's Hamden, Conn., campus. It was the first time Quinnipiac polled Virginians on these issues.