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CNU poll shows signs of a possible 'blue wave' for Virginia midterms

Experts from CNU's Wason Center for Public Policy say a few political headlines are fueling what they're calling a potential 'blue wave.'

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Christopher Newport University's Wason Center for Public Policy released a new poll that looks ahead to this year's midterm elections in Virginia.

Their experts say a few political headlines are fueling what they're calling a potential "blue wave."

Of the Virginia voters polled, half of them believe people on the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. State voters polled also strongly support DREAMers and heavily oppose offshore drilling off Virginia's coast.

But Virginians polled are split on the new tax cut law.

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Rachel Bitecofer, the Associate Director of the Wason Center, said President Trump's unusually high disapproval rating is adding fuel to the fire.

"More foreboding for Republicans competing in this year's election, is that his disapproval for "strongly disapprove" is 52 percent," she said. "So that tells us there is a lot of passion against Donald Trump in the state of Virginia."

Bitecofer also added that the favorable field for Democrats in Virginia means Senator Tim Kaine may not have strong competition leading up to the primaries. Another poll released earlier in the week showed him with a solid lead against several GOP candidates.

CNU poll -- Virginia Midterm Elections 3.7.18 by 13News Now on Scribd

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