The Democratic base is planning on staying away from the polls Nov. 3, less than a year after they braved long lines to cast ballots for President Obama. That’s according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling (D) out today.
From the PPP release:
The voters planning to turn out this fall supported John McCain by six points, a clear indication that many Democratic voters are just planning to stay at home.
Bob McDonnell (R) continues to lead the race against Creigh Deeds, 52-40, “up from 48-43 three weeks ago.”The poll contains an interesting note on the negative campaign ads that have been a hallmark of the Virginia gubernatorial contest this year. From the release:
While they’ve gotten a lot less attention it actually seems that McDonnell’s attacks on Deeds have been more effective. When we first polled the general election in early July 29% of voters in the state had an unfavorable opinion of Deeds. Now 48% do. McDonnell’s negatives have increased only from 32% to 35% during that time. At the start of the campaign they both had a net favorability rating of +19. Now McDonnell’s is +21 and Deeds’ is -7.