Former Democratic governor Timothy M. Kaine and former Republican senator George Allen begin the U.S. Senate matchup with similarly deep statewide experience, proven fundraising ability and broad name recognition. The economy and federal budget have emerged as leading issues this year, a stark contrast to 2006, when Allen narrowly lost to Democrat James Webb in the race for U.S. Senate.

Source: This poll was conducted by telephone April 28 to May 4, among a random sample of 1,180 adults in Virginia, including 1,040 registered voters and users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York | By The Washington Post May 7, 2011
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