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Taking the political temperature with UMW’s new poll (Daily Press)


University of Mary Washington’s latest poll can tell you something about how Virginians are thinking about November’s statewide races or President Donald Trump.

“Americans are angry and frustrated, as they have been for years,” UMW political scientist Steve Farnsworth said. “The election of President Trump, and his first six months in office, did not change those general public feelings of cynicism that have been prominent in US public opinion since the 1960s.”

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Virginia Republican’s ad ties opponent to MS-13. Democrats compare it to ‘Willie Horton’ (Washington Post)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, said the commercial is the kind of ad to be expected in Virginia’s usually combative elections, but a sharp contrast from the “largely respectful tone” of the debate.

“It’s a powerful message to swing voters, who are far more concerned about their communities than what President Trump said today,” Farnsworth said in an email.

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