The Roanoke College Poll Questions 2009

Q.1 Are you registered to vote in Virginia?

Yes 100%
No 0%

Q.2 How likely is it that you will vote in the upcoming election in November? Would you say it is

Very likely 89%
Somewhat likely 11%

Q.3 If the election for Governor was held today, would you vote for [responses rotated]

Creigh Deeds, the Democrat 36%
Bob McDonnell, the Republican 53%
Undecided 11%

Q.4 How certain are you that you will vote for [ANSWER TO Q. 3] . Would you say you are very certain, somewhat certain, or not very certain?

Very certain 91%
Somewhat certain 8%
Not very certain 1%

Q.5 Are you leaning toward voting for [responses rotated]

Creigh Deeds 24%
Bob McDonnell 20%
Undecided 56%

Q.6 What is the most important issue to you in this election? [choices not read]

Economy/Taxes/Budget 35%
Transportation 8%
Jobs/Unemployment 8%
Health care 11%
Education 6%
Environment 1%
Trust/honesty 3%
Character/Moral values 7%
Abortion 2%
Crime 0%
Political party 6%
Gun Control/Second Amendment 2%
Unsure 2%
No answer 12%


Q.7 If the election for Lieutenant Governor was held today, would you vote for [responses rotated]

Jody Wagner, the Democrat 33%
Bill Bolling, the Republican 46%
Undecided 21%

Q.8 If the election for Attorney General was held today, would you vote for [responses rotated]

Stephen Shannon, the Democrat 32%
Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican 47%
Undecided 21%

Q.9 If the election for your district's representative in the House of Delegates was held today, would you vote for the Democratic candidate, the Republican candidate, or someone else?

Democrat 33%
Republican 43%
Someone else 5%
Undecided 19%

Q.10 In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way Tim Kaine is handling his job as Governor of Virginia?

Approve 48%
Disapprove 34%
Mixed 17%

Q.11 In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President of the United States?

Approve 45%
Disapprove 46%
Mixed 10%

Q.12 How interested are you in this Gubernatorial campaign? Are you very interested, somewhat interested, not very interested, or not at all interested?

Very interested 48%
Somewhat interested 41%
Not very interested 9%
Not at all interested 1%

Q.13 How much attention have you paid to this campaign? Would you say a lot, some, not very much, or no attention at all?
A lot 40%
Some 48%
Not much 11%
No attention 1%

Q.14 Have you visited the internet home page of Creigh Deeds?

Yes 11%
No 90%

Q.15 Have you visited the internet home page of Bob McDonnell?

Yes 15%
No 86%

Q.16 Which candidate do you think would be better at handling the economic situation in Virginia - McDonnell or Deeds?

Deeds 35%
McDonnell 56%
Neither/Both 10%
Q.17 Which candidate do you think would be better at solving the transportation problem in Virginia - Deeds or McDonnell?
Deeds 35%
McDonnell 50%
Neither/Both 15%
Q.18 Which candidate do you think is more likely to improve the quality of education in Virginia - McDonnell or Deeds?
Deeds 39%
McDonnell 49%
Neither/Both 12%

Q.19 Which candidate do you think would be most likely to raise taxes - Deeds or McDonnell?

Deeds 63%
McDonnell 20%
Neither/Both 18%

Q.20 Which candidate do you think has run the most negative campaign, that is saying bad things about his opponent - McDonnell or Deeds?

Deeds 42%
McDonnell 22%
Neither/Both 36%

Q.21 Do you think things in the country are generally going in the right direction or do you think things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?

Right direction 33%
Wrong track 60%
Unsure 7%

Q.22 Do you think things in the Commonwealth of Virginia are generally going in the right direction or do you think things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?

Right direction 40%
Wrong track 44%
Unsure 16%

Q.23 Road improvement is a major issue in this campaign. Which of the following proposals is closest to your view? We should not raise taxes and improve roads as current funds allow. We should raise taxes and designate those funds for road improvements. We should pay for road improvements through the use of tolls. Or we should shift funds from other areas in the budget to pay for road improvements.

No taxes, status quo 24%
Raise taxes designated for roads 18%
Toll roads 21%
Move funds from other areas 25%
Unsure 12%

Q.24 Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for increased spending in the following areas?
Education?

Yes 56%
No 39%
Unsure 5%

Q.25 Health care?

Yes 45%
No 47%
Unsure 9%

Q.26 Road improvements?

Yes 36%
No 59%
Unsure 5%

Q.27 As you may know the National Rifle Association has endorsed Bob McDonnell. Does that make you more likely to vote for him, less likely to vote for him, or does it make no difference?

More likely 16%
Less likely 18%
No difference 67%

Q.28 Now, I'd like to ask some questions about you. How old are you?

18-29 5%
30-44 21%
45-64 47%
65 or older 28%

Q.29 CODE RESPONDENT'S SEX

Male 49%
Female 51%

Q.30 How much education have you completed?

High school or less 25%
Some college/Assoc. degree 32%
B.A./Advanced degree 43%

Q.31 I'm going to read several income groups. When I come to the group that includes your annual family income, please stop me. [CHOICES READ]

Less than $20,000 8%
$20,000-$35,000 11%
$35,000-$50,000 18%
$50,000-$75,000 22%
$75,000-$100,000 16%
More than $100,000 25%

Q.32 What race do you consider yourself?

White 86%
African-American 11%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Asian-American 1%
Other 1%

Q.33 In which city or county do you live? (categorized into regions)

Southwest Va. 18%
Southside 10%
Shenandoah Valley 9%
Richmond/Central Va. 24%
Northern Va. 17%
Tidewater 22%

Q.34 Politically speaking, do you consider yourself to be liberal, moderate, or conservative?

Liberal 18%
Moderate 33%
Conservative 46%
Other 3%

Q.35 And would you describe your political party affiliation as Democrat, Republican, Independent, some other party or no affiliation?

Democrat 30%
Republican 40%
Independent 27%
Other 4%

Q.36 Do you recall in the Presidential election of 2008 if you voted for Barack Obama, John McCain, someone else, or if you didn't have a chance to vote in that election?

Obama 42%
McCain 52%
Someone else 2%
Don't recall 1%
Didn't vote 3%

Q.37 Do you recall in the Governor's election in 2005 if you voted for Tim Kaine, Jerry Kilgore, Russ Potts, someone else, or if you didn't have a chance to vote in that election?

Kaine 42%
Kilgore 32%
Potts 1%
Don't recall 11%
Didn't vote 15%