In the newest poll, which was conducted on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters, McAuliffe drew 44 percent, while 37 percent went to Cuccinelli and 9 percent support libertarian Robert Sarvis.
Both candidates are viewed unfavorably by voters in a race increasingly focused on scandal. Cuccinelli is fending off questions over personal gifts from a campaign donor who also gave major gifts to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). Meanwhile, McAuliffe faces scrutiny over a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of a company he founded.
More voters have an unfavorable view of Cuccinelli that McAuliffe, according to the PPP poll.
Fifty-four percent had an unfavorable view of Cuccinelli, while 35 percent had a favorable one. For McAuliffe, the gap is smaller: 48 percent had an unfavorable view while 36 percent had a favorable view.
The poll was conducted Aug. 27 among 500 likely voters.