When PPP first polled the presidential race in Virginia last November, shortly after President Obama’s self-described “shellacking,” he was at majority approval, and led each of his potential Republican opponents by solid margins. Now despite falling back to 48% approval, with 45% still disapproving, he has expanded his leads against all four Republican frontrunners to between eight and 19 points in a state he won by six in 2008.Favorable/Unfavorable/Not sure:
Though he is less popular than Mike Huckabee personally, Mitt Romney now runs closest to the president, trailing 48-42, versus Huckabee’s 51-43 deficit. Further behind are Newt Gingrich, 51-39, and Sarah Palin, 54-35. In the previous poll, Huckabee and Romney both lagged by five, and the other two by 11 points.
Mike Huckabee 40/41/19 (-1)
Mitt Romney 33/48/18 (-15)
Newt Gingrich 29/56/16 (-27)
Sarah Palin 30/63/7 (-33)
Mitt Romney 48/42/10 (-6)
Mike Huckabee 51/43/6 (-8)
Newt Gingrich 51/39/10 (-12)
Sarah Palin 54/35/12 (-19)
PPP surveyed 524 Virginia voters from February 24th to 27th. The survey’s margin of error is +/-3.5%. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.
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