... the internals of the new Washington Post poll in Virginia suggest that Obama may not really be an important factor at all. It finds:Look, there's going to be a lot of post-election commentary on 11/4 and beyond, and at least some of it's going to be on target. But this meme, that somehow the Virginia governor's race - in a state which almost always votes opposite to whichever party controls the White House - was a referendum on Barack Obama is utterly ridiculous. I would also point out that there's zero/nada/nil evidence that this election is a referendum on the national Republican Party, which continues to hover at abysmal, near-all-time low approval ratings in the polls. The bottom line: there have been races in the past which hinged on national issues, but this isn't one of 'em.
* Seventy percent of likely voters say Obama is “not a factor” in ther choice. Only 15% say opposition to Obama is a factor, while 14%, say support for him is a factor.
* Seventy one percent say it makes “no difference” if the governor is from the same political party as the president. More people say it’s good to have a governor from the same party, 16%-13%.
* Obama’s approval rating in Virginia is 54%, in line with many national polls.
Obama a Complete Non-Factor in Governor's Race?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Is Barack Obama a complete non-factor in the Virginia governor's race? It sure looks that way.