Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's newest Virginia Senate poll finds a very steady race, with almost no change since the last survey we did there in the spring. Mark Warner leads Ed Gillespie 48/35, compared to a 49/35 advantage when we looked at the race in April.
Warner has a positive approval rating at 49/40. Meanwhile Gillespie is not proving to be a particularly appealing candidate- only 29% of voters have a favorable opinion of him to 37% who view him negatively. Warner has a double digit advantage because he is winning over 17% of the Republican vote, while just 3% of Democrats are going for Gillespie. Warner is even slightly ahead with white voters at 44/43 and with seniors by a wider margin at 48/41, both groups that Democrats don't typically perform that well with.
“It’s unusual to poll a race and then wait six months and poll it again and find that nothing has changed,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But Mark Warner’s double digit lead in this race has proven to be very steady.”