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  VA: Kilgore 44% Kaine 36%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

April 14, 2005

Election 2005

Virginia Governor

Jerry Kilgore (R) 44%
Tim Kaine (D) 36%
Other 5%



April 16, 2005--In the race to become Virginia's next Governor, Republican Jerry Kilgore leads Democrat Tim Kaine by eight percentage points, 44% to 36%.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Virginia have a favorable opinion of Kilgore while 33% have an unfavorable opinion. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure.

For Kaine, the numbers are 44% favorable, 31% unfavorable, and 25% not sure.

The state's current Governor, Democrat Mark Warner, is viewed favorably by 65% of the state's voters. Twenty-six percent (26%) have an unfavorable view. (A separate release shows the GOP also has an edge in Virginia's 2006 Senate race).

President Bush is viewed favorably by 56% and unfavorably by 43%.

Just 36% of Virginia voters believe things in the United States are going in the right direction. Fifty-nine percent (59%) say things have gotten off on the wrong track.

The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted Thursday night, April 14, 2005. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points, with a 95% level of confidence.

We have also released data on how Virginia voters perceive Senator Hillary Clinton.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports April 14, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. 39% of survey respondents were Republican, 35% Democrat, and 26% unaffiliated (see Methodology)

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