Virginia Lessons

Public Opinion Strategies has some interesting poll results from the Virginia election. On health-care reform, “44% of likely voters support the Obama plan, while 50% oppose it. Intensity is strongly against — 29% strongly favor/42% strong oppose.” This is an even more telling poll question:

“Some/Other people say it is more important to elect a Governor who will help President Barack Obama implement his agenda. Other/Some people say that it is more important to elect a Governor who will serve as a check and balance to President Barack Obama.” Voters opted for the check and balance by a 55%-35% margin.  Independents (who voted for Obama by one point in 2008 in Virginia) opted for a check and balance by an overwhelming 58%-25% margin.

And finally, on Obama’s endorsement of Creigh Deeds: “24% said they were more likely to vote for Deeds, while 32% were less likely.”

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