If Virginians are still somewhat in the dark about — or even down on — the two candidates for governor this year, they do think more kindly about of the people they’ve already elected to office in statewide races.
The latest poll from Public Policy Polling found Sen. Mark Warner gets a positive rating from 53 percent of those surveyed, with 27 percent taking a negative view on his job performance. Sen. Tim Kaine gets a 44 percent to 38 percent positive-to-negative split and Gov. Bob McDonnell has 44 per cent positive marks and negative ratings of 37 percent.
Earlier this week, PPP reported gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli had a 44 percent unfavorable to 32 percent favorable rating, while 33 percent of those surveyed gave Terry McAuliffee an unfavorable rating compared to 29 percent giving him positive marks.
The poll found Warner winning 50 percent or more of votes in matchups against any one of the three most likely GOP challengers: McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling or Rep. Eric Cantor, if a poll were held now. McDonnell, the most popular of the Republicans, was backed by 39 percent.
The poll also found Virginians strongly support universal background checks for gun purchases, by a 77 percent to 16 percent margin. Virginians do not think employers should be able to discriminate based on sexual orientation, by an 80 percent to 12 percent margin.
PPP surveyed 672 Virginia voters from May 24 to 26, and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. The polling company does polls for Democratic candidates, but also conducts independent polls on issues of public interest. It had the most accurate prediction of the 2012 presidential race in Virginia.