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  VA: Kilgore 48% Kaine 46%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

October 20, 2005

Election 2005

Virginia Governor

Jerry Kilgore (R) 48%
Tim Kaine (D) 46%
Russell Potts (I) 2%



October 24, 2005--The race to succeed Mark Warner as Governor of Virginia remains too close to call.

Republican Jerry Kilgore attracts 48% of the statewide vote while Democrat Tim Kaine earns 46%. Independent candidate Russell Potts is poised to earn just 2% of the vote. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

In the previous Rasmussen Reports election poll, Kilgore also had a two percentage point advantage, 46% to 44%. In late September, the two leading candidates were tied at 45%.

This is the second 2005 Virginia election poll with "leaners" included in the totals. Leaners are those who initially do not express a preference for either major party candidate but lean one way or the other when asked a follow-up question.

Without leaners, Jerry Kilgore still has a two-point edge, 44% to 42%, over Tim Kaine. Without leaners, Potts is at 4%.


Seventy percent (70%) of the state's conservative voters support Kilgore. Seventy-five percent (75%) of liberal voters support Kaine.

Overall, Kilgore is viewed favorably by 54% of Virginia voters and unfavorably by 37%. For Kaine, the numbers are 57% favorable and 34% unfavorable. These numbers highlight a huge difference between the Virginia election and this year's contest in New Jersey. In the New Jersey race, neither candidate is viewed favorably by more than 41% of voters.

The economy ranks as the number one issue for 24% of Virginia voters. Twelve percent (12%) say health care is most important and another 12% say education. Eleven percent (11%) name taxes and 10% say Immigration. 

Seventy-two percent (72%) of Virginia voters Approve of the way that Warner is performing his duties as Governor. Although the state typically leans Republican in national elections, just 48% of Virginia voters Approve of the way President Bush is performing his job.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports October 20, 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, 35% Democrat, and 26% unaffiliated (see Methodology)

Election 2005

Virginia Governor

  Kilgore Kaine
October 20 48% 46%
October 11 46% 44%
Sept. 28 45% 45%
Sept 14 43% 40%
August 3 45% 39%
July 12 47% 41%
June 15 46% 40%


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