Public Policy Polling’s first survey since January finds Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the race for Virginia governor, by a 42 percent to 37 percent margin.
But more than one fifth of voters are still undecided.
The poll also shows few voters have favorable views of either candidate.
Some 33 percent of those polled had an unfavorable view of McAuliffe, with 37 percent saying they didn’t know enough to have an opinion. Forty-four percent had an unfavorable view of Cuccinelli with 24 percent saying they didn’t know enough to have an opinion.
“The Governor’s race is shaping up exactly as expected — voters don’t care for either Ken Cuccinelli or Terry McAuliffe,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But at this point they have a bigger problem with Cuccinelli than they do with McAuliffe.”
The poll showed either of the two Democrats seeking the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor, Aneesh Chopra and Ralph Northam, outrunning GOP nominee E.W. Jackson, by 36 percent or 35 percent respectively to 29 percent.
The poll showed a dead heat in the attorney general race, where Republican Mark Obenshain will face either former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax or state Sen. Mark Herring.
PPP surveyed 672 Virginia voters and 322 Democratic primary voters from May 24-26, 2013. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
PPP describes itself as a Democratic polling company that also does independent polls on important public issues. It was the polling organization that came closest to predicting the Presidential election result in Virginia in 2012.