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Monday, October 24, 2005

Mason-Dixon: By the numbers...

Statewide

October 2005
Kaine 42, Kilgore 44, Potts 5, undecided 9

September 2005
Kaine 40, Kilgore, 41, Potts 6, undecided 13

July 2005
Kaine 38, Kilgore 37, Potts 9, undecided 16

By Region

Northern Virginia
Kaine 46, Kilgore 38, Potts 5, undecided 11

Shenandoah/Piedmont
Kaine 33, Kilgore 56, Potts 4, undecided 7

Richmond Metro
Kaine 43, Kilgore 43, Potts 7, undecided 7

Hampton Roads
Kaine 45, Kilgore 42, Potts 7, undecided 6

Lynchburg/Southside
Kaine 41, Kilgore 44, Potts 4, undecided 11

Roanoke/Southwest
Kaine 37, Kilgore 47, Potts 4, undecided 12

Do you consider Governor Mark R. Warner’s budget reforms a tax increase or not?

(If “yes”) Do you feel this tax increase was: fiscally responsible and necessary to fix Virginia’s budget problems or unnecessary and too high, which is why there is now a state surplus?


• Not a tax increase: 38 percent
• Necessary tax increase: 12 percent
• Unnecessary tax increase: 21 percent
• Not sure: 29 percent

What state issue is most important to you in this year’s race for governor?
(Top five answers, not read to respondents)

• Education/public school funding: 21 percent
• State taxes/spending: 17 percent
• Roads/traffic/transportation: 15 percent
• Economic issues: 8 percent
• Crime/death penalty/justice: 7 percent