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    CDM/Big Data Poll: Virginia Gubernatorial Election Dead Even At 47%

    October 21, 2021
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    A new CD Media Big Data Poll finds the Virginia gubernatorial election between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin dead even at 47% among likely voters. The most important voting issues, the president's waning approval rating, and a clear Republican enthusiasm edge have made the election for the next governor in the Old Dominion a toss-up.

    Mr. Youngkin is offsetting a slight disadvantage among base crossover (4% vs.7%) with a roughly 10-point lead among independents and third-party voters, 48.3% to 38.0%. In 2017, then-Republican nominee Ed Gillespie only carried this group by just under 3 points.

    "Democrats wanted this election to be about the pandemic, Medicaid expansion and other healthcare-related issues," Big Data Poll Director Rich Baris noted. "But concern over the pandemic response and healthcare have taken a backseat to pocketbook issues and public education."

    When asked, voters cited the economy and jobs (25.5%) and cost of living/taxes/inflation (17.4%) as the two issues most important to their vote for governor this year. While coronavirus/vaccinations were cited by a combined 15.2% of voters, public education was closely behind at 14.0%.

    When the state leaned Republican, Virginia had a long voting history of electing a governor from a party not in the White House during a president's first term. Joe Biden won the state 54% to 44% last November, and now a significant percentage of his voters disapprove of the job he's doing as president.

    Only 45% of voters statewide approve of the job he's doing, to include just 21% who strongly approve. That compares to 53% who disapprove, to include 43% who strongly disapprove. His overall approval stands at 34% among independent/other voters, a group he carried by nearly 20 points (57% to 38%) in 2020.

    Democratic Governor Ralph Northam is in better shape than the president, though only slightly above water. While 47.0% approve of the job the current governor is doing, nearly as many (45.7%) disapprove. In 2017, Governor Northam easily carried the Hispanic vote, 67% to 32%.

    "With Hispanics, Mr. McAuliffe is coming nowhere near the numbers Governor Northam enjoyed," Mr. Baris added. "The Republican candidate has closed the gap considerably among Latinos and expanded on Mr. Gillespie's lead among whites."

    White voters are backing Mr. Youngkin 56% to 39%, up from the 57% to 42% margin in 2017. Hispanic and Latino voters are backing Mr. McAuliffe 54% to 41%, a 20-point swing to the Republican candidate. Black voters are breaking 67% to 13% for the Democratic candidate, down from the 87% to 12% margin for Governor Northam. Asian voters break overwhelmingly for the former governor, 68% to 24%, while other racial groups back the Republican, 64% to 30%.

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    The CD Media Big Data Poll in Virginia was sponsored by CD Media and conducted by Big Data Poll, interviewing 1,061 likely voters statewide via online survey panel from October 16 to October 20, 2021. The survey sampling error is ± 3.0% at a 95% confidence interval. Results were weighted to represent statewide voter file demographics to include gender, age, race and region. The partisan breakdown of the survey was 35.6% Democratic, 34.4% Republican, 22.8% Independent and 7.2% Other. It's important to note that sampling errors for subgroups are higher.

    DemographicSample %
    Party Detail100%
    Race Detail100%
    White (NOT Hispanic)70.30%
    Black / African American19.50%
    Hispanic / Latino4.20%
    American Indian / Alaska Native0.60%
    Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander0.40%
    D.C Suburbs29.60%
    Central Virginia16.40%
    Hampton Roads15.80%
    Richmond Southside17.80%
    Congressional District100%
    1st District: Rep. Rob Wittman (R)10.00%
    2nd District: Rep. Elaine Luria (D)8.50%
    3rd District: Rep. Bobby Scott (D)8.20%
    4th District: Rep. Donald McEachin (D)8.80%
    5th District: Rep. Bob Good (R)9.20%
    6th District: Rep. Ben Cline (R)9.20%
    7th District: Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D)10.70%
    8th District: Rep. Don Beyer (D)8.40%
    9th District: Rep. Morgan Griffith (R)7.90%
    10th District: Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D)10.40%
    11th District: Rep. Gerry Connolly (D)8.70%
    Age Detail100%
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    Whenever it's "dead even," the Democrat wins. Of course, when the Democrats are behind, they win too! They always win now that they can fix elections with impunity. I bet the deluge of mail ballots are already stuffing duffle bags across Virginia even as Biden lands 2 AM flights full of Haitian and Afghan "refugees" into the state (and every other state) like gangbusters.


    Well this one will be an easy steal for the Demoncrats. They won't even have to bring in truck loads of ballots in the middle of the night.


    Yes indeed. Watch for that 3 AM pause in the vote counting followed by a torrent of 100% Democrat votes until dawn. McCauliffe by 3...+/- 2%.

    Yo MaMa

    The ONLY thing I know with 💯% certainty is that the Lying Low Life DEMONRats will Cheat, Lie and Steal to get that vile Clinton Sycophant elected... Guaranteed! It’s who they are and what they do

    Yo MaMa

    Yep! The Leftist Insects will steal another one, Fo Sho!!

    Fuzzy Pickles!

    I know that a lot of people are understandably cynical about the election, but it needs to be said. This is a D+1 sample, and Virginia's electorate has gotten a lot more Republican. As of a few months ago, Richard Baris put out a voter model that has it at R+1. Now it's at R+4.49 (not sure if Baris will allow me to share it, so take me for my word here) and his voter model is known for being accurate. This poll might be oversampling Democrats by over five points.

    If that is the case. then Youngkin could already be above the margin of error that the Democrats can use to steal the election, meaning that he would win. There's still a twelve days left and momentum is on Youngkin's side.

    I don't know if he'll actually win the election or that we'll get that good of an electorate for him, but if Youngkin is already tied with an oversampled Democratic electorate, then he still has a shot of winning.

    Either way, this election is a close one. Worst case scenario, that sets up a populist in a good position to win in 2025 in the state, especially if they win the Virginia House now.

    If you are in Virginia, vote regardless of whenever or not you think they will count the ballot fairly. You won't win if you don't learn to work around the machine.

    William Flyer

    Fleet of busses from those black churches to the polls for voters to include free Thanksgiving turkeys and snacks.
    Cash payments for completed (unsealed) ballots in several state-wide locations. Don't know if democrats will actually do these things, but I would never rule it out.

    Jerry Howard

    Yeah...the steal has already started. The fake/illegal vote pool is prepped and ready...wherever a vote is needed, it will magically appear. Why wouldn't they? There are clearly no consequences for it.

    We no longer have a constitutional republic. I hope I'm wrong.


    Going to be hard for Youngkin to win against the lying, cheating democRATs and their rigged voting system.


    you saw what happened in California


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