Issue No. 1 is the economy, where President Obama and Mitt Romney are running close. On other issues tested in the poll, Obama has the edge. He also has a big lead on understanding the economic problems people are having, boosting his prospects for the commonwealth’s 13 electoral college votes. Read related article.

Source: This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Sept. 12-16, 2012, among a random sample of 1,104 adults in Virginia, including 934 registered voters and 847 likely voters, and users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results among registered and likely voters have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York. | The Washington Post September 18, 2012
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