October 30, 2017 - Democrat Holds 17-Point Likely Voter Lead In Virginia, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Small Gender Gap, Huge Racial Gap Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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With overwhelming support from non-white voters and double-digit leads among both men and women, Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam holds a 53 - 36 percent likely voter lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Libertarian Party candidate Cliff Hyra has 3 percent.

Today's result compares to a 53 - 39 percent likely voter lead for Northam in an October 18 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Non-white likely voters back the Democrat 72 - 15 percent, with 2 percent for Hyra. White voters are divided 46 - 46 percent, with 4 percent for Hyra. Women back Northam 56 - 36 percent, with 1 percent for Hyra. Men go Democratic 51 - 37 percent, with 5 percent for Hyra.

Independent voters tip to the Democrat 47 - 42 percent, with 6 percent for Hyra. Democrats back Northam 97 - 1 percent, with less than 1 percent for Hyra. Republicans back Gillespie 86 - 8 percent, with less than 1 percent for Hyra.

Virginia likely voters disapprove 60 - 34 percent of the job President Donald Trump is doing, compared to a 62 - 35 percent disapproval rating October 18.

"In 2014, Republican Ed Gillespie came oh-so-close to upsetting Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, at least in part because 2014 was a Republican year and Gillespie benefited from the national pro-GOP mood. But with President Donald Trump's approval ratings in the dumpster in Virginia and in the nation, this year the shoe is on the other foot for Gillespie," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Anything, of course, is possible in politics. But the size and scope of Lt. Gov. Northam's lead is impressive. He leads among most voter groups. He even carries men."

"And history does not provide many examples of candidates who have come back from this large a deficit so close to the actual voting," Brown added.

From October 25 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 916 Virginia likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys nationwide, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.

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1. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Ralph Northam the Democrat, Ed Gillespie the Republican, and Cliff Hyra the Libertarian, for whom would you vote? (If undecided) As of today, do you lean more toward Ralph Northam the Democrat, Ed Gillespie the Republican or Cliff Hyra the Libertarian?
                     LIKELY VOTERS........................................
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Northam              53%     8%    97%    47%    51%    56%    56%    33%
Gillespie            36     86      1     42     37     36     40     53
Hyra                  3      -      -      6      5      1      1      7
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 7      6      2      5      7      7      3      6
 
                     WHITE.....           Non-
                     Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Northam              43%    50%    46%    72%
Gillespie            47     44     46     15
Hyra                  6      2      4      2
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1
DK/NA                 5      4      4     10
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President?
                     LIKELY VOTERS........................................
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              34%    79%     2%    35%    38%    31%    32%    54%
Disapprove           60     16     96     57     56     64     64     38
DK/NA                 6      5      2      8      6      6      4      8
 
                     WHITE.....           Non-
                     Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              47%    36%    41%    17%
Disapprove           47     58     53     79
DK/NA                 6      5      5      5