Nationwide, recent polls show public opinion shifting in favor of impeachment. Political scientist Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says that could be a problem for the GOP in local races. “The opportunity to get out from under the conversation about Donald Trump has been a real challenge, and that creates a very difficult environment for Republicans regardless of their own personal ideologies,” Farnsworth says.
Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a substantial lead over his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination in Virginia, according to a new University of Mary Washington statewide survey.
Biden was the favorite of 23 percent of registered voters in the survey, with 9 percent favoring Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 9 percent favoring Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. In addition, 5 percent favored California Sen. Kamala Harris and 4 percent favored South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, according to the poll, which was conducted Sept. 3-15 for UMW by Research America Inc.
Four prominent Democratic presidential candidates hold double-digit leads over President Donald Trump in hypothetical 2020 election contests in Virginia, according to a new University of Mary Washington statewide survey.
The survey, conducted Sept. 3-15 for UMW by Research America Inc., found former Vice President Joe Biden had a 55 percent to 37 percent margin over Trump among all respondents. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren had a 53 to 38 percent margin over Trump, as did Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. California Sen. Kamala Harris, the fourth Democratic candidate considered in the Virginia survey, had a 50 percent to 38 percent margin over the president.
“The latest Mary Washington survey demonstrates that Donald Trump faces an uphill battle in Virginia next year against a range of possible challengers,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies.