“The latest Mary Washington survey demonstrates that Tim Kaine remains popular in Virginia,” Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies, said in a release.”But any statewide election in ‘purple’ Virginia is likely to tighten up as the contest draws nearer.”
Around 30 percent of those surveyed said President Donald Trump will be a key factor in how they vote come November. Of that 30 percent, 60 percent back Kaine.
Stewart, on the other hand, has the support of 92 percent of respondents that said they voted for Trump.
Of those who voted for Hillary Clinton, 93 percent said they’ll vote for Kaine.
Among Democrats, 90 percent supported Kaine. Among Republicans, 73 percent support Stewart, with 15 percent of them favoring Kaine.
“By September, successful candidates usually have their partisans locked down,” Farnsworth said. “That so many Republicans favor Kaine at this point in the election is terrible news for Corey Stewart.”
The survey also shows an apparent gender gap among voters.
Women favor Kaine by a 52 percent to 27 percent, while men favor Stewart 55 percent to 47 percent.