New poll shows Gillespie with 8-point lead over Northam

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HAMPTON, Va. – With less than two weeks until Election Day, a new poll from Hampton University shows Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie with an eight-point lead over his Democratic rival Ralph Northam.

Gillespie had the support of 41-percent of likely voters while Northam had 33-percent. However, the poll found that 27-percent of the respondents remain undecided.

Some recent polls have shown Northam with a lead. In fact, last week’s Fox News poll gave the lieutenant governor an 8-point lead over Gillespie.

Respondents said that economic and job growth as well as health care are the most pressing issues for the next governor.

  • Working to improve the economy and create jobs — 34%
  • Education — 18%
  • Gun control — 9%
  • Health care — 23%
  • Improving transportation infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels, and road surfaces — 13%
  • Don’t Know/Refused — 3%
L to R: Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Ed Gillespie (R).

L to R: Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Ed Gillespie (R).

Additionally, 52–percent of those surveyed approved of the job Terry McAuliffe has been doing as governor while 38-percent said they disapproved.

However, the respondents did not give such an endorsement to President Donald Trump.  In fact, 56-percent of those polled said they disapproved of the job he was doing as president as opposed to 39-percent who supported the president.

The survey, which was conducted between Oct. 18 – 22 from a random sampling of 400 landline and 350 cell phones, polled 750 registered Virginia voters who said they were likely to vote in the race. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.2%

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.


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