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Virginia Governor's Race in Virtual Dead Heat

Washingtonpost.com Staff
May 1997

A Mason-Dixon Political/Media Research poll on the Virginia governor's race finds Attorney General James S. Gilmore III holding a statistically insignificant lead over Lt. Gov. Donald S. Beyer Jr.

In the copyrighted poll, conducted for media clients May 1-3, 812 likely voters were surveyed by telephone. Gilmore (R) led Beyer (D) by 2 percentage points. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Details follow.

General Election Matchup: Who Would You Choose?
Gilmore (R) 43 percent
Beyer (D) 41 percent
Undecided 16 percent

Do You Recognize the Name?
Yes No
Gilmore (R) 86 percent 14 percent
Beyer (D) 91 percent 9 percent

Do You Have a Favorable/Unfavorable View of . . .
Favorable Unfavorable Neutral
Gilmore (R) 31 percent 15 percent 40 percent
Beyer (D) 34 percent 21 percent 36 percent

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