Poll: Majority Of Virginia Voters Don’t Want McDonnell To Run For President

Virginia voters aren’t buying Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) presidential timber, according to a new survey released Friday by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling.

A majority of Commonwealth voters — 57 percent – said that McDonnell should not launch a White House bid in 2016, compared with a mere 17 percent who said he should. The poll found that McDonnell, an otherwise popular governor, isn’t getting much support among in-state Republicans for a presidential run. Thirty-seven percent said he should not run in 2016, while 30 percent said he should and 34 percent said they aren’t sure.

Not surprisingly, 74 percent of Virginia Democrats said that McDonnell should not for president. 

With a one-term limit policy for Virginia governor’s, McDonnell will leave office at the end of this year.  


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