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Gilmore Heading Toward Election Day with Growing Lead

Washingtonpost.com Staff
Friday, October 31, 1997

A Mason-Dixon Political/Media Research poll on the Virginia governor's race shows former state attorney general James S. Gilmore (R) holding a 9-point lead over Lt. Gov. Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D).

The copyrighted poll was conducted Oct. 27-29, with 825 likely Virginia voters interviewed by telephone. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

The survey showed Beyer's favorable rating sliding four points from the poll released Oct. 24. Gilmore's favorable rating climbed three points.

Detailed responses follow:

General Election Matchup:
If the election were held today, who would you choose?

Beyer (D) Gilmore (R) Undecided
Oct. 27-29 40% 49% 11%
Oct. 20-22 42% 47% 11%
Oct. 7-8 43% 43% 14%
September 43% 44% 13%
July 42% 43% 15%
May 41% 43% 16%


Do You Recognize the Name?

   Oct. 27-27       Oct. 20-22       Oct. 7-8   
   Yes       No       Yes       No       Yes       No   
Gilmore (R) 98% 2% 97% 3% 95% 5%
Beyer (D) 97% 3% 97% 3% 95% 5%

   September       July       May   
   Yes       No       Yes       No       Yes       No   
Gilmore (R) 91% 9% 91% 9% 86% 14%
Beyer (D) 95% 5% 93% 7% 91% 9%


Do You Have a Favorable or Unfavorable View of the Candidates?

Oct. 27-29 Oct. 20-22
Fav.    Unfav.    Neutral           Fav.    Unfav.    Neutral   
Gilmore     48% 23% 27%     45% 27% 25%
Beyer     38% 32% 27%     42% 28% 27%

Oct. 7-8 September
Fav.    Unfav.    Neutral        Fav.    Unfav.    Neutral   
Gilmore     40% 27% 28%     32% 17% 42%
Beyer     41% 22% 32%     39% 22% 34%

July May
Fav.    Unfav.    Neutral    Fav.    Unfav.    Neutral   
Gilmore     32% 17% 42%     31% 15% 40%
Beyer     36% 21% 36%     34% 21% 36%



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