Two New Polls with Different Results for Gubernatorial Candidates

A new poll from Quinnipiac University gives McAuliffe a 4 percent lead over Cuccinelli. A Roanoke College poll, though, has McAuliffe ahead by 15 percent.

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Oct. 30, 2013

Two new polls have slightly different statistics in the race for governor.

The latest poll out from Quinnipiac University shows the race is tightening, as Democrat Terry McAuliffe has a four percent lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

Forty-five percent of those polled support McAuliffe, while Cuccinelli took 41 percent. Independent Robert Sarvis drew nine percent support overall.

Quinnipiac's poll had an error margin of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points. The poll was conducted from Oct 22. to Oct. 28, and surveyed 1,182 likely voters.

However, a new Roanoke College poll shows a wider gap between the two major candidates.

McAuliffe has a 15 percent lead over Cuccinelli, resulting in 46 percent to 31 percent. Again, nine percent of likely voters backed Sarvis.

Roanoke College's poll was done from Oct. 21 through the 27th, and surveyed 838 likely voters. Their margin of error was plus or minus 3.4 percent.


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