Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #13345

Geography Surveyed: Virginia
Data Collected: 02/09/2008 - 02/10/2008
Release Date: 02/11/2008 7:00 AM ET
Sponsors: WDBJ-TV Roanoke, WJLA-TV Washington DC, WTVR-TV Richmond

Eve of VA GOP Primary, Huckabee Closes-In On McCain: Big movement in Virginia following Mike Huckabee's strong showing over the weekend in Louisiana, Kansas and Washington state. On the eve of the Virginia Republican Primary, it's John McCain 48%, Mike Huckabee 37%. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA tracking poll released 72 hours ago, McCain is down 9, Huckabee is up 12. McCain had led by 32, now leads by 11. Among Conservative voters, McCain had led by 21, now trails by 5. Among Pro-Life voters, McCain had led by 20 points, now trails by 6. Among voters in Southeast VA, McCain had led by 28, now trails by 12. Among voters focused on Immigration, McCain had led by 16, now trails by 17. Among voters who attend religious services regularly, McCain had led by 24, now trails by 2.

Filtering / Timing / Cautions: 1,700 VA adults were interviewed by SurveyUSA 02/09/08 and 02/10/08, exclusively for WJLA-TV Washington DC, WDBJ-TV Roanoke and WTVR-TV Richmond. In the middle of the field period for this survey, Mike Huckabee won the Louisiana primary, won the Kansas caucus, and finished a strong 2nd in the WA state caucus. Any momentum Huckabee accrued from those wins would only partially be reflected in these interviews, half of which were completed before the results of the Saturday wins were known. By contrast, interviews in the SurveyUSA poll released 72 hours ago, on Friday 02/08/08, were conducted during the post-Super-Tuesday media coverage that described McCain for the first-time as the "almost certain" party nominee. These competing, buffeting forces are at work: McCain supporters may feel he has the Republican nomination mathematically "locked," and may not be as motivated to turn-out as they would otherwise. Anti-McCain supporters may be uniquely motivated to vote in protest against McCain, and may turn-out in larger numbers than here forecast. Of the 1,700 adults interviews, 1,516 were registered to vote. Of them, 385 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the 02/12/08 Republican primary. The waters are choppy. The numbers reveal an ebb and flow in the Republican electorate. The data should be interpreted with caution.

  Asked of 385 likely voters
  Credibility Interval for this question = ± 5.1 percentage points.

If the Republican Primary for President of the United States were today, would you vote for ...(names rotated) Mike Huckabee? John McCain? Ron Paul? Or some other Republican?

37% Huckabee
48% McCain
7% Paul
6% Other
2% Undecided

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