Rasmussen is first out of the gate with a general election poll, released today. This was a telephone poll. The release to which I link notes the following
Head to head, taken Wednesday night Deed 47, McDonnell 41, with 2% for other and 10% undecided
More likely to win in November, Deeds 42, McDonnell 34
Party loyalty Deeds get 89% of Dems, McDonnell get 78% of Repubs, McDonnell leads among independents by 7%.
Candidate Fav-Unfav-net Veryfav-veryunfav-net
Deeds 59 27 22 27 9 18
McDonnell 52 19 23 28 8 20
It is a snapshot. It has all the limitations of a one-day poll, and of a telephone poll (although PPP was right on target on everything except final percent to Deeds, since undecideds broke heavily towards him).
Take it for what it is worth. And a very few comments below the fold