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2020 presidential candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Donald Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump by 5 points in Virginia, according to a poll released Thursday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

Biden leads Trump 48%-43% among likely Virginia voters. Another 2% support another candidate, and 7% remain undecided. The results are similar to the gap between Hillary Clinton and Trump in 2016, when Clinton won the state with about 50% of the vote to Trump’s 44%.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, the Democratic incumbent, is leading his Republican challenger Daniel Gade by 13 points among likely Virginia voters, 52%-39%. This differs from Warner’s last contested race in 2014, when Warner defeated Republican Ed Gillespie by a little more than 1%.

“These results demonstrate Virginia’s continued shift toward Democratic candidates statewide, which has been ongoing since the 2008 presidential election,” according to Wason Center Director Quentin Kidd. 

The results show a tighter presidential race in Virginia, however, than a Virginia Commonwealth University poll of 800 state residents interviewed between Aug. 28 and Sept. 7. The VCU poll showed Biden ahead of Trump by 14 percentage points -- 53% to 39%.

According to the more recent CNU poll, voters strongly support the proposed constitutional amendment to establish a redistricting commission, 48%-28%. Despite opposition by the state Democratic Party, 64% of likely Democratic voters support the amendment. Republicans oppose it, 42%-32%.

More than three-quarters of likely voters disapprove of the direction of the country is heading, 76%-16%, and 56% disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president. Gov. Ralph Northam’s approval rating is steady at 53%, while 47% disapprove of the direction the commonwealth is going. 

The results of the poll are based on 796 interviews of registered Virginia voters who have voted in at least two general elections in the last four years, including 163 on landline phones and 633 on cell phone. The interviews were conducted Sept. 9 to 21.

Reach Daniel Berti at dberti@fauquier.com

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InsideCommenter

This "redistricting" amendment is really a ruse for bipartisan gerrymandering to protect incumbents, what we need is nonpartisan redistricting and that means voting NO on redistricting amendment 1 to get rid of gerrymandering.

Zediculous

Poor Virginia .... its a lost cause. The LIV's have taken over the state.

American

Yes, we want to keep on electing these career politicians to office that is so out of touch with reality. Ask any career politician how they feel about TERM LIMITS?

someone

Senator Warner is another "do nothing" politician. He crawls out from under his rock at election time. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Gade deserves your vote & mine for U.S. Senator. We deserve to have a U. S. Senator that doesn't hide from his constituents or the hard issues.

someone

President Trump has accomplished more GOOD for America in 47 MONTHS than Biden has done in 47 YEARS. Mattress-back Kamala has accomplished NOTHING.

Taxman

So true!

Omarndc72

Biden is a sick old man. Nothing in common with average American. He's a big government idiot.

Omarndc72

So what has biden accomplished in 30 years as Washington insider? I would say, get his family rich of Chinese deals. You liberals are crazy if you think biden is going to help the American citizens. Again 30 years plus and nothing to show for. Like Harris, another angry empty suit politician. She did accomplish something, sleeping her way to the top. Lol.

JimiWeaver4

I’m not a liberal. I’m a 60 year old, white man and very conservative. I’ve voted for both Republicans & Democrats. I thought we couldn’t have done worse than Nixon and Clinton but history will show that Trump has been the absolute worst president in history of our great country. The American people should be ashamed for having elected him. As my grandfather would say”good riddance to bad rubbish”

JimiWeaver4

As a lifelong independent, I’ve voted for the candidate that I believe would be best for the position regardless of party. Biden would not have been my 1st choice but I cannot imagine another four years with Trump as President. Trump is a con man, buffoon, snake oil salesman who wouldn’t know the truth is it bit him in the behind. He has embarrassed America in the eyes of the world. He also has no idea what it means to be Patriot. Furthermore Trump has not accomplished anything of importance since 2017 other than enriching his immediate family. My 16 year old beagle would have been a better President than this clown. In his own words we will all be happy to “never see him again” once he loses this election.

APerson

Amen, brother! Please give my regards to your beagle. I wish he (or she) were the leader of our country.

Taxman

go back to sleep with Biden.

InsideCommenter

Trumpanzee spotted

jacktrent04

I agree 95% w/what you said, will definitely be voting for Biden. I'm also conservative on most issues. The disagreement is that he has had major accomplishments during his term-- ignoring all of them wouldn't be honest. But to me, the constant lying, COVID handling, his divisive, destructive rhetoric, how he's angered all our allies outweighs any potential Trump pros and Biden cons.

Accomplishments:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/08/01/case-trump-will-come-down-his-record-its-strong-one/

Zediculous

If you read the Post and more importantly believe what the publish you are NOT conservative.

InsideCommenter

If you believe Donald Trump above all else you are NOT conservative.

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