McAuliffe leads Youngkin one point ahead of Virginia gubernatorial race: poll

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are separated by one point among likely Virginia voters ahead of next week’s gubernatorial election, according to a new poll released Friday.

Forty-nine percent of likely voters in the state supported McAuliffe, while 48 percent said they supported Youngkin, according to a Washington Post / Schar School Poll. McAuliffe’s lead over Youngkin falls within the poll’s four percentage point margin of error for likely voters.

This result paints a slightly different picture compared to other recent polls showing Youngkin leading with likely voters. A Fox News poll released Thursday found Youngkin leading by eight points in that group.

The Washington Post poll found McAuliffe to have a 47 percent to 44 percent advantage over Youngkin, but the poll also showed Youngkin to have a surprising 18-point advantage with independent voters. That’s higher than his 8-point lead over McAuliffe with Independents last month.

Another potentially positive sign for Youngkin in the poll is that education has overtaken the economy as the top issue for voters. Twenty-four percent of voters said that education was their biggest problem, while 23 percent said the same about the economy. Last month, the poll showed that only 15 percent of voters said education was a top issue, while 27 percent said the same about the economy.

Youngkin has been very supportive of issues related to education, specifically promoting parental rights on school boards. The Republican struck down McAuliffe over the latter’s comments last month that he didn’t think parents should tell schools and teachers what to teach.

The Washington Post / Schar School poll was conducted Oct. 20-26 among 918 likely Virginia voters and 1,107 Virginia registered voters. The margin of error for registered voters was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points and plus or minus 4 points for likely voters.

In addition to the McAuliffe and Youngkin results, the survey found President BidenJoe Biden Former lawmakers sign brief to counter Trump’s claims of executive privilege in January 6 probe Biden appoints Sara Minkara as special adviser to the US on international rights of persons with disabilities Fox poll shows that Youngkin leads McAuliffe by 8 points among likely voters MORE underwater in Virginia, with a disapproval rating of 53 to 46 percent. Biden’s approval ratings could spell trouble for McAuliffe, who has tied himself closely to the incumbent president and the Democratic leader. But current Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D), who previously served as lieutenant governor while McAuliffe was governor from 2014 to 2018, had an approval rating of 51 percent and a disapproval rate of 44 percent, according to the survey. .

The poll may also provide some hopeful news for McAuliffe and his strategy of linking Youngkin with the former President TrumpDonald Trump Former lawmakers sign brief to counter Trump’s claims of executive privilege in January 6 probe Fox poll shows Youngkin leads McAuliffe by 8 points among potential voters Iowa legislature passes redistribution proposal of districts MORE, which lost to Virginia in the last two presidential elections. Nine percent of voters said Trump’s endorsement of Youngkin makes them more likely to support Youngkin, while 37 percent said it makes them less likely to support him. Another 53 percent said it didn’t make a difference. Seventy percent of likely voters said Youngkin’s policies were similar to Trump’s.

Virginia Election Day is November 2. State voters have until October 30 to vote early.

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