Washington Post-Schar School Poll: Abortion Is Key for Dems., Women in Virginia Election

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Mark J. Rozell

A new Washington Post-Schar School statewide survey shows Virginia “likely voters” favoring Democrats over Republicans 47 percent to 45 percent, with 71 percent of registered voters saying they are “certain to vote.”

The November 7 election is being watched by the nation as all 140 General Assembly seats are up for grabs. Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin has prioritized full GOP control of the House of Delegates and the state Senate as he weighs a last-minute run for president—what happens in November could be make-or-break for the novice politician.

While crime and economy are major concerns, the key issue—clearly, according to the pol—is access to legal abortion. Some 60 percent of registered voters say abortion is “very important,” up 14 percentage points from a 2019 poll.

“The abortion issue, I think, is the one that could potentially bring out the Democratic base in bigger numbers,” said Mark J. Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

Read the story and see key charts at this page at the Washington Post.