Sept. 2008 Poll: Presidential Race | Senate Race | Analysis | Full Poll Data

Poll Highlights: Presidential Race

Key Findings Among Registered Voters

Note: The individual rounded percents may cause the total of some pies to be greater than or less than 100%.

Presidential Preference

If the 2008 presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the Democrats) and (John McCain and Sarah Palin, the Republicans), for whom would you vote? (Among likely voters)

Virginia (Sept. 21)
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National (Sept. 7)
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Favorability: Sarah Palin

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Sarah Palin? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

Virginia (Sept. 21)
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National (Sept. 7)
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Key Issues

Thinking ahead to the November presidential election, what is the single most important issue in your choice for president?

Virginia (Sept. 21)
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National (Sept. 7)
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Key Issues and the Candidates

Regardless of who you may support, who do you trust more to handle [ITEM] - (Obama) or (McCain)

The Economy
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Fixing the problems with major financial institutions
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The War in Iraq
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International Affairs
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The U.S. campaign against terrorism
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An unexpected major crisis
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Candidate Qualities

Regardless of who you may support, who do you think [ITEM] - (Obama) or (McCain)?

would do more to bring needed change to Washington
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better understands the economic problems people in this country are having
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is more honest and trustworthy
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is the stronger leader
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McCain's Leadership

If McCain were elected president, do you think he'd (mainly lead the country in a new direction), or (mainly continue in George W. Bush's direction)?

Virginia (Sept. 21)
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National (Sept. 7)
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Candidate Qualifications

Please tell me whether the following statements apply to (Obama/McCain), or not?
a) He would be a good commander-in-chief of the military

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b) He knows enough about world affairs to serve effectively as president

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Race vs. Age

In your choice for president, how important is the [ITEM] - very important, somewhat important, not so important or not important at all?

Race of the candidate
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Age of the candidate
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Methodology

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone September 18-21, 2008, among a random sample of 1,001 adults in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Among the 857 registered voters it is three points; it is four points among the sample of 698 likely voters. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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