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New Survey Reveals Virginia Voter Attitudes

GRAPHIC: The Strong Kids, Strong Virginia campaign releases a new poll about voter attitudes in Virginia.
GRAPHIC: The Strong Kids, Strong Virginia campaign releases a new poll about voter attitudes in Virginia.
June 18, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia voters are evenly split in the race for governor, and overall, Virginians are pleased with the direction of the state, but a new poll shows serious concerns about the future for kids.

The "Strong Kids, Strong Virginia" campaign revealed the results this morning of a survey of 625 likely voters. 48 percent of those surveyed believe kids in the state will grow up worse off than adults are today, and 60 percent of voters believe the government is not doing enough to ensure the health, education and well-being of Virginia's children.

According to Steve Clermont, director of polling and research for Every Child Matters, the coalition of groups that make up the Strong Kids, Strong Virginia campaign will press local and state candidates to address such issues as crowded classrooms, hunger, and access to health care.

"Most Virginians don't know where the candidates stand on these, and where current office holders stand," Clermont declared.

Ken Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia, is the Republican nominee for governor, while Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is the Democratic Party nominee. Polling shows each has 44 percent support, with a 4 percent margin of error.

Advocates for children are holding events across the state this week to discuss the findings of the survey, and encourage Virginians to pull together to address children's issues.

Clermont said, "That's going to be sort of the basis of our campaign and messaging, is to make these issues far more visible, and show that there's a lot more that unites Virginians than divides them."

He said more than 284,000 children live in poverty in Virginia, more than 18,000 are homeless, and one in six faces food insecurity.

Alison Burns, Public News Service - VA