PPP's newest Virginia poll finds that Mark Warner as ever remains the most popular politician in the state and would have double digit leads over a handful of high profile Republicans for reelection.
51% of voters approve of the job Warner is doing to 31% who disapprove. He would lead Bob McDonnell by 15 (51/36), Bob Marshall and Eric Cantor by 16 each (50/34 and 52/36 respectively), and Bill Bolling by 18 (53/35) in hypothetical match ups.
As well liked as Warner is, he would still be no match for Hillary Clinton in the state if she ran for President in 2016. 51% of Democrats say she would be their pick for the nomination to 14% for Joe Biden, 11% for Warner, 6% for Elizabeth Warren, 4% for Cory Booker, 3% for Martin O'Malley, and 2% for Andrew Cuomo.
That at least gives Warner more home state support for the White House than McDonnell has. He finishes 6th in the Republican Presidential standings- there's a pile up at the top with Jeb Bush and Chris Christie both at 16%, followed by Rand Paul at 15%, Marco Rubio at 12%, Paul Ryan at 11%, Ted Cruz at 9%, McDonnell at 8%, Bobby Jindal at 4%, and Rick Santorum at 2%.
Clinton has pretty solid leads over all of the Republicans in head to head match ups- except Chris Christie, who she leads only 42/41. The rest she has advantages larger than Barack Obama's margin of victory in the state over- 5 points on Jeb Bush at 47/42, 10 on Bob McDonnell at 49/39, and 12 on Marco Rubio and Rand Paul at 49/37 and 51/39 respectively.
Other notes from Virginia:
-75% of voters in the state support expanded background checks for gun purchases to only 17% who are opposed. There's a strong bipartisan consensus on the issue with Democrats (91/6), independents (71/21), and Republicans (61/28) all strongly supportive.
-Virginians support the Voting Rights Act by a 25 point margin, 45/20. And by a 48/23 spread they say they disagree with the Supreme Court's decision last month to overturn parts of it.
Full results here