July 2, 2013
A new survey shows a large number of people in Central Virginia are still undecided about their choice for governor in the upcoming election.
According to a survey from the University of Virginia Center for Survey Research, 36 percent of registered voters aren't sure who they will vote for in November.
"We expect in a statewide race that it will take a little longer for people to make up their mind, but we were quite surprised at the level of undecided at that stage of the race," said Tom Guterbock, director of the Center for Survey Research.
Democratic Terry McAuliffe holds a significant lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli among voters in the greater Charlottesville area who have decided their candidate.
The survey found 60.3 percent of decided voters said they planned to vote for McAuliffe, compared to 38.9 percent for Cuccinelli.
"I think even with these two polarizing candidates, it does make some sense there would be people out there uncertain who they're going to vote for," said Geoff Skelley of UVa.'s Center for Politics.
Skelley said some members of both parties have doubts about their own candidates.
The survey included residents of the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Louisa, Fluvanna, Nelson and Greene counties. Data were collected between April and June from more than 900 people in the polling area.
"I think a lot of those people are predisposed to vote for either a Democrat or a Republican," Skelley said. "They just haven't paid attention to the race yet."
In the same polling area in 2009, Bob McDonnell won the governor's race garnering 52 percent of the central Virginia vote. This year's race could also prove to be close.
"This is kind of just another indicator of many that we've seen so far that this race is going to be very difficult call," Skelley said.
Libertatian candidate Robert Sarvis was not included in the UVa. survey.