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Quinnipiac. March 13-18. Virginia RVs. ±3.1%. (Feb results.)
Obama: 50 (47)
Romney: 42 (43)
President Obama has doubled his lead in the past month alone, but it's also worth pointing out that Romney had previously led in Virginia by 2 points in September, 1 point in October, and 2 points in December.

Part of the explanation here is that the Republican primary has had a toll on Mitt Romney's favorability rating.

Mitt Romney Net Favorability:
Oct 2011: +9 (38/29)
Dec 2011: +10 (37/27)
Feb 2012: +4 (43/39)
Mar 2012: -7 (36/43)
But this isn't just about Mitt Romney—President Obama is gaining popularity, a point that can't be made often enough:
President Obama Net Favorability:
Oct 2011: -4 (45/49)
Dec 2011: -2 (45/47)
Feb 2012: +3 (50/47)
Mar 2012: +7 (51/44)
The poll poured some cold water on Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's vice presidential aspirations: with him on the ticket, Romney gained just 1 point.

The survey also showed Democrats were more enthusiastic than Republicans, with a net +19 margin between those saying they were more enthusiastic than normal compared with those saying they were less enthusiastic. The Republican margin was +15. Of note: while just 14 percent of Democrats said they were less enthusiastic than normal, 26 percent of Republicans said they were less enthusiastic than normal.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 06:31 AM PDT.

Also republished by Virginia Kos and Daily Kos.

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