Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe is slowly beginning to look like a favorite in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, according to the latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released Thursday.
The poll, conducted on behalf of League of Conservation Voters, showed McAuliffe picking up the support of 44 percent of likely Virginia voters, while Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis trailed with 37 percent and nine percent respectively. League of Conservation Voters has endorsed McAuliffe.
It’s the second survey of the race to poll likely voters, the preferred polling sample. The other likely voter poll, released last week by Quinnipiac University, showed McAuliffe topping Cuccinelli, 48 percent to 42 percent.
PPP also indicated that the arch-conservative Cuccinelli has few admirers among commonwealth voters. Fifty-four percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican compared with 35 percent who said they view him favorably. But McAuliffe is quite unpopular, too: 36 percent said they view him favorably, while 48 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion.
The PollTracker Average currently shows the Democrat with a roughly 6-point edge.