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.
“From the public’s prospective and a politician’s perspective, it’s up for grabs,” said Farrah Stone, who directed the poll.
All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for re-election in November. Democrats need to gain two seats in the House of Delegates and the Senate for a majority. If successful, it would be the first time since 2012 Democrats have held a majority in the Senate and the first time since 2000 Democrats were the majority party in the House.