A new poll from Conservatives for Clean Energy shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe with a five-point lead over his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin. In the very limited polling that has taken place for this race, this number reflects a consistent lead in this range for McAuliffe.
According to this latest poll, McAuliffe leads Youngkin 45% to 40% with 38 days until early voting begins in Virginia.
The poll was conducted by Co/efficient, a firm that received a provisional rating of B/C pollster rating from FiveThirtyEight. Of the five polls that FiveThirtyEight analyzed, they correctly predicted four correctly.
The results showed McAuliffe with a lead among suburban voters (51% to 30%) urban voters (61% to 32) and women (53% to 35%). Youngkin leads with men (45% to 37%), and rural voters (59% to 28%).
Other results from the poll:
- 61% to 21% majority agree with an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy that lowers dependence on fossil fuels over time.
- 55% say Virginia should put more emphasis on solar power, compared to just 21% less emphasis.
- Virginians support the right of landowners to build solar projects by a 90% to 10% margin.
- Solar projects are preferred over other types of development like housing or industrial by a wide margin – 60% solar, 22% housing, 11% industrial.
- When Virginians know that solar projects can help provide income to farmers as well as revenue for schools, they are more likely to support solar by a 62% to 11% margin.
- By a 60% to 12% margin, voters support the Virginia regulation requiring utilities to participate in a regional electricity transmission system. Support is broad-based across ideological lines.
“In a time when voters remain polarized along ideological lines, we are encouraged to see broad support for renewables like solar energy across the commonwealth,” said Ron Butler, CCE-VA state director. “It is clear that Virginians support the continued development of clean energy Virginia, and we are proud to be a part of this movement.”
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