The Fine Print of Today’s New Poll in Virginia

Okay, fine, NBC News/Marist poll, you can lead with the news that you find Democrat Terry McAuliffe ahead of Republican Ken Cuccinelli, 43 percent to 41 percent, among registered voters. Yes, it’s probably early to apply a likely-voter screen, as we just don’t know how well each campaign will energize its base voters. When Marist does apply the likely-voter screen, Cuccinelli leads, 45 percent to 42 percent.

But we probably ought to spotlight that 19 percent of registered-voter respondents say they have never voted in a gubernatorial election before.

Cuccinelli’s got a 51 percent approval rating for his performance as state attorney general, with 24 percent disapproval, among registered voters.

Asked about the impact of the sequester on themselves, the poll finds that 54 percent of registered voters say the sequester has had “not much at all” and 21 percent say “just some.”

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