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  VA: Kilgore 46% Kaine 40%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

June 15, 2005

Election 2005

Virginia Governor

Jerry Kilgore (R) 46%
Tim Kaine (D) 40%
Other 2%



June 16, 2005--On the day following Virginia's Primary Elections, Republican Jerry Kilgore leads Democrat Tim Kaine by six percentage points in the race to become Virginia's next Governor.

Kilgore earns 46% of the vote, Kaine attracts 40%, and 2% say they will vote for some other candidate. Two months ago, Kilgore had an eight point lead and 5% supported a third party option.

In the nation's only other race for Governor in 2005, Democrat Jon Corzine has a 7-point lead in New Jersey.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of Virginia voters have a favorable opinion of Kilgore. That's down slightly from 49% in the previous survey. Thirty-three percent (33%) have an unfavorable opinion while 20% are not sure.

For Kaine, the numbers are 43% favorable, 33% unfavorable, and 24% not sure. Those numbers are little changed from two months ago.

The state's current Governor, Democrat Mark Warner, is viewed favorably by 63% of the state's voters. Thirty-one (31%) have an unfavorable view.

In the race for Governor, 10% of Republicans are undecided along with 5% of Democrats.

Voters who approve of the way President Bush is handling his job favor Kilgore 76% to 11%. Those who disapprove of the President's performance favor Kaine, 73% to 11%.

The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted Wednesday night, June 15, 2005. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points, with a 95% level of confidence.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports June 15, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. 39% of survey respondents were Republican, 33% Democrat, and 28% unaffiliated (see Methodology)

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