Public Policy Polling3020 Highwoods Blvd.Raleigh, NC 27604
April 25, 2013
VA Delegate Districts Targeted In Democracy for America’s
Purple to Blue Program In Strong Position for Pick-
Democracy for America’s targeted Purple to Blue Virginia delegate
races prove to be exceptionally competitive as they head into the second quarter of 2013, a recent survey by Public Policy Polling shows. According to the survey, voters in the 34
districts are clearly ready
for a change in Virginia’s lower house –
only 31%, 30% and 32% of eachrespective district currently has a favorable view of VA state legislature.
Additionally, voters view the Tea Party and the polarizing Republican gubernatorialcandidate, Ken Cucinelli
described “Tea Party groupie” –
in a negative light.In District 86, Cucinelli has a net favorability of -14% (35% favorable vs. 49%unfavorable). In District 34, Cucinelli fares even worse with a net favorability ratingof -22% (33% favorable vs. 56% unfavorable).
Similarly, 52% of voters inDistrict 86 have a somewhat or strongly negative view of the Tea Party.That number rises to 60% in District 34.
These poll numbers were reinforced by strong first quarter fundraising reportsreleased on Tuesday, April 16. Democratic candidates in each of Democracy for
America’s targeted Purple to Blue districts outraised their incumbent Republican
counterparts from January 1
to March 31st, including one (District 87) by morethan a 3-1 margin.
Kathleen Murphy (Dem-District 34):
Barbara Comstock (GOP-District 34):
Jennifer Boysko (Dem-District 86):
Tom Rust (GOP- District 86):
John Bell (Dem-District 87):
David Ramadan (GOP-District 87):
The Democratic candidates’ fundraising prowess puts them in a strong position tocapitalize on voters’ growing rejection of the Tea Party extremism that our polling
illustrates, and pick up these targeted seats in 2013.See next page for complete released polling breakdown.