McAuliffe voters call the economy and coronavirus their top issues, followed by education. Among Youngkin voters, the economy is the top issue, followed by education and taxes.
Most voters take a positive view of Virginia’s economy, with about 55% rating it either excellent or good. About three-quarters of those with negative views of the economy backed Youngkin, with a slightly smaller share of those with positive views of the state’s economy voting for McAuliffe. Voters are closely divided over which candidate they trust to handle the economy: Roughly 40% trust only McAuliffe and about 43% trust only Youngkin, with the rest trusting both or neither.