Poll: Support for a Democratic majority in the General Assembly falls

Poll: Support for a Democratic majority in the General Assembly falls
A plurality of respondents said they preferred Democrats to take control of the two chambers Republicans narrowly hold, but the number dropped nine points since last July. (Source: Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Fewer people are sure which party they want to control the General Assembly following a tumultuous six months for the state’s top three elected officials, all Democrats, according to a new poll from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Public Policy.

A plurality of respondents (43%) said they preferred Democrats to take control of the two chambers Republicans narrowly hold, but the number dropped nine points since VCU asked the same question last July. Republicans saw a smaller dip, with support for a GOP-controlled legislature dropping four points to 28 percent.

And the percentage of people unsure which party should take over increased 12 points to 29 percent.

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