Here are some comments about the two candidates for governor of Virginia, as expressed by persons who participated in The Washington Post Poll:
A 33-year-old woman from Pulaski, in Southwest Virginia, said she "couldn't put confidence in someone who follows someone else. Coleman follows the path of President Reagan instead of setting his own."
The perceived Reagan tie hurt Coleman with a recent college graduate in Roanoke, who said she doesn't like "the way Reagan is cutting back funds" and believes that Robb "wants to help poor people."
But a 67-year-old woman from rural Axton found Coleman "more considerate to old people," and said he would "try to help us more with Social Security problems."
A 35-year-old black college graduate who lives in suburban Richmond found "nothing that really stands out" about Robb, except that "he might not be as tied to Reagan's policies as Coleman."
Another Richmond black, 30, thinks Robb will "help get jobs" while he finds Coleman "isn't honest."
The exchange of charges via radio commercials about their positions on drug enforcement convinced a 35-year-old Chester man that Robb "is strict on marijuana possession and dealers," while he believes Coleman would be "lenient" on them.
A 33-year-old man who lives in the country near Harrisonburg favors Robb because "he's the only candidate that has admitted serving in Vietnam. The others hide that."
A 34-year-old Richmond suburbanite opposes Robb because "I never thought too highly of Johnson. I thought he took bribes." She likes Coleman because "he worked up the hard way."
"I feel sorry for Robb, trying to be governor with that family Johnson behind him," said a 36-year-old Fauquier County woman.
Coleman's idea of working at various jobs to increase his understanding backfired with a 72-year-old Norfolk woman who implied that it was hypocritical for Coleman to go into the coal mines. "He's not for the working man," she said.
A 65-year-old woman from Roanoke and a 37-year-old woman from suburban Richmond say that Robb has his eye on higher office, but they disagree on what that means to Virginia. The older woman supports Robb because "He'll make a good president," while the young woman opposes Robb because "he is simply using this as a stepping stone."
Robb cast few votes as lieutenant governor, but when he broke a tie in favor of limited funding of abortion, it cost him the support of a 25-year-old Norfolk woman. "I like Robb," she said, but as a member of the Moral Majority "I won't vote for him because of his stand on abortion."
In the coal country near Wise, a woman, 49, believed "Robb will be for the middle class and the poor people."