Democrat Joe Biden has expanded his lead over President Donald Trump in Virginia, and U.S. Senator Mark Warner is comfortably ahead in his race for re-election, according to a new poll from Virginia Commonwealth University

As Virginians begin early voting Friday for the Nov. 3 election, the statewide survey found Biden leading Trump by 53% to 39%. The telephone poll was conducted between Aug. 28 and Sept. 7 by the Center for Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The previous VCU survey, in mid-July, showed Biden leading 50% to 39% statewide. 

Warner, a Democrat seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate, leads Republican challenger Daniel Gade by 55% to 38%.  

In Northern Virginia, Biden leads Trump by 59% to 32%.  Trump has picked up some support in the region; in the July poll he was trailing 57% to 23%.  

Elsewhere, Biden has large leads in south central Virginia (65%-22%) and the Tidewater region (56%-33%), while Trump has large leads over Biden in western Virginia (63%-36%) and the northwest region (58%-36%). Independents are breaking toward Biden by 8 percentage points (46%-38%), with 14% remaining undecided.  

Statewide, women are more likely to prefer Biden over Trump by 22 percentage points (58%-36%) and men prefer Biden over Trump by a smaller margin, 5 points (47%-42%). This represents a shift for men, who were more likely to say they would vote for Trump in the July poll.

Seven in 10 Virginians surveyed said the selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as Biden's vice presidential running mate will not affect whether they vote for Biden. Sixteen percent said it would make them more likely to vote for Biden, while 13% say it will make them less likely.

“The VP choice by Biden doesn’t appear to have significant influence on any group. I think the Biden camp needs do more connecting, particularly with the minority communities,” said former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder in a news release from his eponymous school. “The anti-Trump vote will always be there. That’s why the Biden vote needs to be whetted.”

Virginians are split on whether mail-in votes will be accurately cast and counted. Half of respondents (50%) said they are very or somewhat confident that, across the country, mail-in votes for president will be accurately cast and counted, while 48% said they are not too or not at all confident. Republicans were most likely to be skeptical, with 67% saying they are not too or not at all confident, and 46% saying they are not at all confident in the process. 

The survey of 693 likely voters has a margin of error of 6.2 percentage points. 

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(14) comments

Soily

Biden has a long history of dishonesty and plagiarism. Apparently, Northern Virginians are okay with this, or are ignorant. In the video link below he lies multiple times:

https://youtu.be/D1j0FS0Z6ho

Trump's tendancy to use hyperboly is much more honest than Biden's outright lies.

InsideCommenter

He apologized for that, Trump has outright lied upwards 20,000 times as of July 2020. There is no use campaigning for him on websites.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqF30Pk8jiU

Iwouldntgiveabean

Shhhhh.... He's on a roll. Plus I love making fun of liars and fools.

Iwouldntgiveabean

*Looks around* Trump was president the last four years. You got nothing. You lost the high ground.

Stoptheinsanity

Biden cannot even complete a sentence and Warner's leadership has been as plesent as a wet sock. These two dopes have had long enough to get nothing accomplished.

InsideCommenter

Warner is going to win by double digits mark my words.

guest66

So what exactly is a Biden and democrat win going to bestow on the citizens of the US? Can you name one notable accomplishment he can claim in over 45 years in public service besides voting for every war pushed by the career politicians, the three strikes your out law which jailed non-violent drug users for decades and the use of his VP position to enrich his family via the Ukraine and now we are finding out: China. All at the expense of taxpayers funding. He has voted for every act to ship jobs overseas under the "favored nation status", with immense impact resulting in great job loss to american workers. I'm not saying that other politicians, on both sides are innocent. Just so you know that I'm not partisan, I was against both the father and son Bush administrations since they were willing to send american troops to the middle east with no concern for how many of our young men and women would die - and for what, to satisfy the Neo-cons? I see something even more ominous with Biden. He is to weak and feeble-minded to fight off the extremes in his party and america's competitors and enemies. I see higher taxes and increasing regulatory legislation for the "green new deal" which will kill growth. The planned higher taxes are supposedly targeted at those making more than $150K and businesses, but I believe between the green new deal and the medicare for all which will also include illegal immigrants, that the burden on america's taxpayers will be enormous and will have to include those making less. The green new deal will be government run programs which have never been cheap or efficient. I'm not going to get into the riots or covid-19, but if you believe that Biden and Harris will elevate this country, I have a bridge to sell you.

Iwouldntgiveabean

Trump sold y'all steaming piles of crap and you guys think its pudding.

I love the FOIA act, it really shows how corrupt Trump is.

Did you know: White House abandoned plan to send 650 million face masks across the U.S. in April

https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/read-the-scrapped-usps-announcement-to-send-5-masks-to-every-american-household/39cd11c9-3e38-4d8a-9d70-7c3215ab9cf8/?itid=lk_interstitial_manual_10

Yeah, there is the draft announcement that was canned by Trump.

And then Trump attacks the CDC Director for going against him and saying masks will tamp down the virus in 6-12 weeks! Just think about that. It is absolutely astounding that the leader of our country lied and lied.

You throw up a block of text of regurgitated talking points that have been thrown around every election. Trump could have mandated mask usage, been truthful, NOT having the feds PPE from hospitals and state govts, and his polling wouldve risen above 50% (a number he hasnt gone above in 4 YEARS).

You need to make the case for people to vote for Trump.

List his policies and stances and how he could pull a 180. Because if you are fine with what is going on right now, you're a sucker who settled hard.

I expect better from our leaders. Trump lowered the bar for the office of the president and American standards.

Citizen52

If I were trying to blast the administration, I would not cite this article as an example. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. of the Children’s Defense Fund has already blasted one of its authors for lack of fact-checking. It’s a heavily biased article and if it is read critically, shows a USPS in distress who developed a draft document. It was not set in stone and directly rejected by the President and the HHS Department used other means to distribute masks. Read it, again.

As for enumerating the. positive accomplishments of President Trump, it is not up to anyone to educate you. They are there. You need to do deep research on both sides.

Voting Trump/Pence in 2020 is definitely the best move for the country.

Iwouldntgiveabean

Low energy.

https://prod-cdn-static.gop.com/docs/Resolution_Platform_2020.pdf

Cant even come up with a plan to deal with the mess we are in. No vision for the future. No nothing.

I have done research, and the last 4 years have been a dumpster fire. However, when I ask Trump supporters, they cannot give genuine, concrete examples as to why people should vote for Trump. And that is not good. Even Trump didnt know the answer when he got that softball question by Hannity.

Republicans need a foil to run against. And they are in a position of power RIGHT now and cannot get anything done.

What fool is going to put their vote toward a man who committed 14 felonies?

https://medium.com/unfiltered-by-e-b-johnson/14-felonies-of-trump-a1a61b215756

I would love to see the article that you reference.

I will enumerate Trumps comments on the pandemic however. Because a lot of people seemed to have forgotten:

February 7 - Interview with Bob Woodward: "“This is deadly stuff,” “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”

February 7 - <10 cases: “He (Xi) will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.”

February 10 - <10 cases: “a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April.”

February 25 - 15 cases: "So I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away.”

February 26 - 15 cases: “You have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero." “It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for,”

February 27 - 60 cases: "It's going to disappear...One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”

February 28 - 63 cases: "The coronavirus, this is their new hoax."

March 6 - 319 cases: Trump again stated the virus would "go away."

March 10 - 994 cases: “We’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away,”

March 12 - 1,631 cases: “It’s going away. We want it to go away with very, very few deaths.”

March 30 - 168,680 cases: “It will go away. You know it — you know it is going away, and it will go away.”

March 31 - 193,954 cases: "It’s going to go away, hopefully at the end of the month. And, if not, hopefully it will be soon after that.”

April 3 - 284,504 cases: "It is going to go away. It is going away.…I said it’s going away, and it is going away.”

April 7 - 410,788 cases: "It will go away” “the cases really didn’t build up for a while.” “I think what happens is it’s going to go away. This is going to go away”.

April 29 - 1,068,111 cases: "It’s gonna go. It’s gonna leave. It’s gonna be gone. It’s going to be eradicated and – uh – it might take longer. It might be in smaller sections. It won’t be what we had”

May 8 - 1,326,579 cases: “It’s going to go away. And we’re not going to see it again, hopefully, after a period of time.”

May 15 - 1,517,723 cases: “It’ll go away at some point, It’ll go away. It may flare up and it may not flare up."

June 16 - 2,211,406 cases: “I always say, even without it [a vaccine], it goes away.”

June 17 - 2,237,660 cases: Coronavirus would “fade away”.

June 23 - 2,246,338 cases: “We did so well before the plague and we’re doing so well after the plague. It’s going away.”

July 1 - 2,778,452 cases: "We're headed back in a very strong fashion. ... And I think we're going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that's going to sort of just disappear. I hope."

July 19 - 3,836,674 cases: "I will be right eventually. You know, I said, 'It's going to disappear.' I'll say it again. ... It's going to disappear, and I'll be right,"

August 5 - 4,978,414 cases:"“This thing’s going away. It will go away like things go away,”

September 16 - 6,828,301 cases:“It's going to be, it’s going to be herd-developed, and that's going to happen. That will all happen. But with a vaccine, I think it will go away very quickly.”

Wake Up & Smell The Coffee!

Well said!

DianDunn

Trump admits they virus is deadly and airborne early on; stills holds rallies without precautions.

Promised health care reform for all Americans. There is no plan.

Promised that Mexico would pay for the border wall; instead, defunded military projects to pay for it (aka WE foot the bill).

Promised coal will make a comeback. Coal industry is on life support.

The lying and incompetence is out of hand. Vote this clown out already.

Voting for Trump is like booking a cruise trip with the captain of the Titanic.

guest66

A few of Trump’s accomplishments: 1. Built back the Military to modern levels/technology after Obama gutted it. 2.Economy (pre Virus) Best it's been in over 20yrs now bouncing back from the virus and will be the best again. 3.Shut down the best economy ever to saves lives (who know how many more lives would have been lost if he had not of closed travel to/from China (was called all sorts of names for doing that) and Europe.4.Finally a President that followed thru on moving the US Embassy in Israel, President from Clinton to Obama had promised to move the Embassy to Jerusalem and never did. 5. New better trade deal with Canada and Mexico, working on China (then Virus hit) 6.Tax break for millions of working Americans (myself included) 7.Trying to secure our southern border( Dems fighting it every step of the way) 8. Lowest unemployment for black/hispanic/women EVER. 8. Wage growth highest in over a decade, food stamps and welfare lowest in a decade.9. America now #1 producer of oil and Nat gas and energy independant. Do you want me to keep going because I can. Do some research of your own and stop listening to CNN, MSNBC. Focus on the accomplishments that will better all americans. You need to focus on what he has accomplished. Of all the presidents I have lived through (since Kennedy), I have not seen a president accomplish as much as Trump has, and he did it in half the time.

Iwouldntgiveabean

Back up your claims and provide more than one source for each. If a claim is true, it is usually peer-reviewed/ vetted by a reputable source.

But please keep going because you said you can. Provide SPECIFICs for each instance, otherwise it's just bombastic hyperbole.

By the way, the embassy move was shot down by Reagan:

https://www.nytimes.com/1984/03/29/us/reagan-suggests-he-would-veto-bill-to-put-embassy-in-jerusalem.html

And every president since him has done the same. So Trump broke precedent yet again, but whatev!

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