PPP's newest Virginia poll finds a pretty steady race with Terry McAuliffe leading Ken Cuccinelli 41-37. Those numbers are virtually unchanged from late May when McAuliffe had a 42-37 advantage. Libertarian Robert Sarvis, included for the first time, polls at 7%. His support is a reflection of voter unhappiness with both candidates.
Virginians aren't high on Terry McAuliffe. 34% have a favorable opinion of him to 36% with a negative one, and 30% don't have one either way. But he fares a whole lot better than Ken Cuccinelli, who has a -15 net favorability rating with 32% of voters seeing him positively and 47% unfavorably. This race may come down to who voters think is the lesser of two evils and for now that's McAuliffe.
The two candidates are tied with men, but McAuliffe leads based on his 7 point advantage with women. Cuccinelli's 75% of Republicans is slightly more than McAuliffe's 73% of Democrats, but McAuliffe makes up for that with a 7 point lead among independents at 40/33. McAuliffe leads with every age group except for seniors, where Cuccinelli has a 7 point advantage that's helping him to keep the race competitive overall.
Democrats lead the down ballot races in the state as well.
The closest statewide race is the one for Attorney General where Mark Herring leads Mark Obenshain 38-36 but there is still a substantial percentage of voters- 25%- undecided. Neither candidate in that race has made much of an impact on the public yet. Obenshain's name recognition is just 33% and Herring's is 28%, with voters closely divided in their opinions about both of them.
Finally Democrats have a narrow advantage on the generic legislative ballot at 46/42...what that might equate to in terms of ability to gain seats though may be limited by Republican friendly districting lines.
Full results here