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October 07, 2012

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Rightwing Vegetarian

PPP, the "Research2000" for 2012 election cycle.

Rightwing Vegetarian

(just kidding... I think.. I hope)

GH

"Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of Big Bird?"

"Do you support or oppose federal funding for
PBS?"

If my instincts are correct, these questions are trying to unfairly sway public opinion.

Becky DaQuila

LOL @ this poll...I knew you would use the word "firewall" somewhere in the post. You have been pushing that silly narrative all year, which is why you refuse to show Romney ahead even when he probably is.

We will find out in the coming week just how wacky your polling is; my guess is 3-5 points skewed towards Obama. Romney will likely win the state in november. Also, your comment about "the future" is ridiculous. The seniors you mention were young back in the 60s, and they voted democrat then, because young people are always more liberal, and grow more conservative with age. Please stop making things up, and just do your job, which is to release unbiased polls.

scott

Two thirds of Virginia voters are over 45? Hmmm.

Jerald

LOL at having Virginia be 6 percent more democratic than republican in this cycle.

Good one...

Pessimist

All of that in one stupid debate? low information voters amaze me but the number of low-information voters amazes me even more.

C. McGone

I'm sorry, but this poll is always manipulated to enhance democrats. Even RealClearPolitics lists it as "PPP (D)." After checking the published internals, I can certainly see why.

Democrats = 38%
Republican = 32%
Independent = 30%

Women = 53%
Men = 47%

And "Big Bird?" Why would you include silly questions like that in a NON-partisan poll? Geez.

Gihan J.

Those complaining about the sampling don't realize that the polls are weighted according to demographics. For example, this poll aids Romney by oversampling white voters (75%) since in 2008 whites comprised only about 70% of Virginia's electorate. Keep in mind that minority voters who are favorable to Obama have accounted for most of Virginia's population gain over the past 4 years. Thus, white voters comprising 75% of the electorate is unreasonable even if minority turnout decreases. Plus, in 2008 PPP's final poll taken a few days before the election was spot on (Obama 52 McCain 46; actual resuls Obama 52.6 McCain 46.3). Whatever assumptions they made about the electorate in 2008 were spot on and they deserve the benefit of the doubt. Remember that in Virginia a lot of people work for government so when Romney talks of slashing government it is not as effective as in other states.

pbrower2a

It's tighter than some recent polls of Virginia... but it would seem that President Obama can win despite a bad performance in a debate.

Romney succeeded in getting people to pay attention to him. That is how a debate works.

Romney cannot win without Virginia.

Mike1776

What these numbers say to me is that Americans in Virginia, too, are seeing through the fraud that is Romney and Lyin' Ryan, despite Romney's content-free bluff and bluster in the debate, and the President allowing himself to be caught off-balance by the breathtaking mendacity of Romney last-second reinvention of his whole story.

Maybe the country will, after all, reject the far-right radicals (not "conservatives", please -- they are not about conserving anything) who want to plunder America, just as Romney previously plundered American companies to enrich himself. At GST Steel, for example, Romney bankrupted the company, destroyed all the jobs, and the pension fund vanished. Anyone who thinks the same wouldn't happen to America on a large scale if Romney was President, and the Republicans controlled the Congress, is a fool. Just look at the substantive Romney and Ryan proposals for taxes, the budget and Medicare (as distinct from the deceptions and logical impossibilities that Romney served up in the debate).

Those substnative tax proposals would reduce Romney's own taxes from only 13-14% on a declared income of about $20 million (!! -- compare your own tax bill), to zero or near zero, while increasing taxes for most of us. They do it by eliminating tax "loopholes" like the mortgage interest tax deduction, which so many of us rely on, and retaining huge real tax loopholes like the carried interest rule that allows Romney to treat most of his income as not being real, fully taxable income at all --except that now the tax rate on capital gains would be zero !!

Of course, Romney refuses to release the full details of his tax plan (just as he refuses to release his own tax returns in full); but it's clear from what he and Ryan have already admitted to, where they are headed.

Their budget proposals and their voucher scheme to replace Medicare would begin the process, long threatened quite openly by the far right, and now within an inch of succeeding, of destroying the entire social safety net: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare"), and food stamps. The ultimate "thin end of the wedge". No sane and informed person believes Lyin' Ryan when he says he's trying to "reform" or "save" Medicare: nothing could be further from the truth.

The disastrous policies in the real Romney and Ryan proposals (as distinct from the misrepresentations and downright lies by Romney in the debate) threaten to plunge tens of millions of Americans into abject poverty an an attempt to further enrich the billionaires who own Romney and Ryan. It will succeed in impoverishing the many; but ironically it won't even succeed in further enriching the few, because the lack of income and spending power will derail the whole economy again, just like Republicans Bush (in the White House) and Greenspan (as Chairman of the Federal Reserve) did in 2008.

Obama 2012

C. McGone - PPP doesn't weight by party ID.

America

I am voting for Mitt and Ryan, real leaders, and real jobs, OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST , MUSLIM!!! WHO WANTS FOUR MORE YEARS TO DESTROY MORE COAL COMPAINIES, MORE OIL COMPANIES, MORE FREDOMS, HE HASN'T DONE ANYTHING FOR AMERICA, BUT HE SURE HAS DONE ALOT FOR THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD!!!! I PLAN TO VOTE THIS IDIOT OUT AND SO DOES MY ENTIRE FAMILY...NO ONE HAS CALLED ME TO ASK WHO I AM VOTING FOR! I AM FED UP WITH THE SNAKE OBAMA!!! EVERYTHING HE SAYS IS LIES, LIED ABOUT FAST AND THE FURIOUS, LIED ABOUT THE TERRORIST ATTACKS AND TRIED TO BLAME IT ON THE YOUTUBE MOVIES, YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO LOOK LIKE A FAILURE AND IT WOULD RUIN HIS ELECTION, SELFISH, ARROGANT, RUDE! HIS EPA NAZI IS DESTROYING JOBS , I AGREE WITH MITT, WE NEED TO CREATE OUR OWN ENERGY AND NOT DEPEND OR BE SLAVES TO OTHER COUNTRIES!!!I HAVE NOTICED WHAT OBAMA SAYS ABOUT MITT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS THINKING OR DOING, A CHARACTER TRAIT OF A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR!!!! AMERICA NEEDS TO WAKE UP AND VOTE FOR MITT AND RYAN, OR THERE WILL NOT BE AN AMERICA !!! I DARE EACH PERSON TO WATCH THE MOVIE 2016 IT COMES OUT ON DVD THE 16th OF OCTOBER!!! A DOCUMENTARY BASED ON FACTS!!! AND YOU CAN PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER YOURSELF OF THE COMMUNIST IN CHARGE AT OUR WHITE HOUSE....WHO HAD COMMUNIST GRANDPARENTS, COMMUNIST PARENTS, FRANK MARSHALL, AND COMMUNIST FRIENDS....DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND STOP RELYING ON THE CNN, ABC, MSNBC MEDIA THAT WILL ALWAYS SAY THE SUN SHINES IN OBAMAS ASS!

Abby

Democrats seem to be playing the "he's a liar card". As an independent voter I'm pretty much disgusted with the Democrats at this point. They seem to be so hypocritical and it's absolutely nauseating. Liar? I think that would fit the President and his administration much better. Lybia? Security for Ambassador? Denied and then Lied from this current Administration. I have a small child and he loves PBS, he's past Big Bird and I honestly don't mind Federal Funding being stopped to PBS. Donations have worked and will continue to work as a last resort. I am sure though that Romney can find a better cut somewhere else but reguardless Big Bird will not define my voting for whomever I choose, which at this point is Romney.

Jonathan D.

I'll be voting for Gary Johnson. :)

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