Former Gov. Tim Kaine speaks at A DNC event September. Kaine is running for U.S. Senate in Virginia.
Conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, the survey was taken last week and includes more than 1,400 voters. The results showed a statistical dead heat, with former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine receiving support from 43 percent of those polled and former Republican Gov. George Allen at 42 percent.
"Independents split a little more favorably toward Mr. Allen because at this point, there's more people in Virginia that consider themselves Democrats than Republicans, which is why the overall number is a dead heat," says Peter Brown, an assistant director of the polling institute.
Brown says the stakes couldn't be higher for Democrats.
"If they were to lose Virginia, that would be an indication that it would be tough to keep the Senate," he says.
The poll also measured President Obama's approval in Virginia, and showed a close call: 48 percent of those polled gave a favorable rating of the president and 48 percent gave an unfavorable one.