Three Issues That Matter
WHY THE ISSUE MATTERS
The shaky U.S. economy has dominated politics since last fall, and with unemployment topping 10 percent in some parts of the state, Virginia is no exception.
WHAT THE POLL SHOWS
The economy is a central issue for Virginia voters -- far more call it their top concern in choosing the next governor than cited any other issue -- and they are about evenly split on which candidate will do a better job handling it.
WHAT VOTERS SAID
Katie McKernan, 37, Roanoke
"McDonnell, I think he's more fiscally conservative, and I just find that my views align more with his. My understanding is he is against nationalized health care. My husband works in the medical field, and personally we think that nationalized health care would not only be bad for people's health care but that amount of control does not belong with the government. Although as governor he won't vote for it, it means that he views government power and what the government should be doing in the same light as we do."
John Koester, 44, Reston
"You want to keep Virginia competitive. Our unemployment generally is not that high. It's a business-friendly state, and I want to keep that going."
NUMBER TO KNOW
Call the economy either the top issue or the second most-important issue in their vote for governor, making it issue No. 1.