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Roanoke College Poll: Biden, Warner Big Leads

This was the Roanoke registrar’s office, where early voting takes place, on the first day we could vote.

While Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by 15 percentage points (53%-38%) in Virginia according to The Reconnect Research/Roanoke College Poll, confidence in the safety of the voting system is shaky.

According to the poll (and a Roanoke College press release:

Barely half (51%) of likely voters are very confident or somewhat confident that the votes across the country will be accurately counted in the election, while almost as many (46%) are not too confident or not all confident. Similarly, respondents are divided with 49% saying they are not too confident or not at all confident that the nation will accept the official outcome and winners of the election and 47% reporting that they are somewhat or very confident the results will be accepted.

Only 5% of voters are undecided, and 4% said they will vote for Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian candidate. Biden’s lead was 12 points in the May Roanoke College Poll and 14 points in August.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner leads Daniel Gade, his Republican opponent (55%-38%).

The Reconnect Research/Roanoke College Poll interviewed 602 likely Virginia voters between Sept. 30 and Oct. 12.

More than 90% of Democrats said they would vote for Biden, while just under 90% of Republicans said they would vote for Trump. Only 4% of Democrats said they would cross over to vote for Trump while 6% of Republicans said they plan to vote for Biden.

Trump’s favorable/unfavorable rating is 41%/56% while Biden is at 52%/44%.

A plurality of likely voters (23%) see the economy as the most important issue, but significant percentages view the COVID virus (17%), race relations (14%), Supreme Court appointments (12%), and civil unrest (10%) as most important.

Regarding the Supreme Court appointment, the majority of respondents (56%) think the appointment should be made by the winner of the election, but 41% think it should be made by the end of the year.

Nearly three-fourths (71%) of respondents think the country is on the wrong track, while only a quarter (24%) think it is headed in the right direction.

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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

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