Poll: McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli, Sarvis improves

Posted at 7:41 AM, Oct 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-23 07:41:35-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- With less than two weeks until Virginia picks a new governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe is holding his lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac University.

The poll puts McAuliffe ahead by seven points, 46 to 39 percent. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis is polling at 10 percent.

Less than a month ago, Quinnipiac put McAuliffe ahead by eight points, while Sarvis polled at eight percent

The survey also said nearly half of Virginia voters (47 percent) believe the government shutdown hurt the Commonwealth a "great deal," while 30 percent said it hurt "somewhat."

One thing most Virginians agree on is they do not like this year's race.

Voters said 58 to 36 percent, they don't like the race and 34 percent said their opinion of the campaign is "strongly unfavorable."

A new Rasmussen Reports poll put the gap between the candidates much wider - giving with McAuliffe a 17 percent lead over Cuccinelli -- 50 - 33 percent. The same poll gave Sarvis eight percent of the vote.