Obama leads Romney, Va. voters oppose same-sex marriage
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – President Obama continued to lead likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
The latest poll numbers showed President Obama with a 47-42 percent lead over Romney. President Obama led 50-42 percent in a poll conducted in March.
When the survey added Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell as Romney’s running mate, the Obama-Biden ticket outpaced the Romney-McDonnell ticket 48-43 percent.
“President Barack Obama remains ahead in Virginia, but he is hearing Gov. Mitt Romney’s footsteps. His lead over Romney is built upon a continuing gender gap that favors him – essentially the president stays close among men while he is very strong among women,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “For Romney to take the lead he will need to reverse the gender gap. Often when Republicans win, they use a solid lead among men and narrow their loss among women.”
The Quinnipiac University poll also found Virginia voters oppose same-sex marriage 49 – 42 percent. Twenty-five percent of those polled said same-sex marriage is “extremely important” or “very important” in how they voted for president.
From May 30 – June 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,282 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.