According to a new PPP poll in Virginia the Governor’s approval ratings have dropped 12% in the last month. For the first time his disapproval percentage is higher than his approval percentage, 46% of those polled disapprove of the job he’s doing as Governor while only 36% approve. That’s a 30% drop in approval ratings from just a few months ago. At one point McDonnell had the highest approval rating of any Governor in the US, close to 70%! The Governor’s current favorability numbers are even worse with only 32% viewing him positively while 46% view him negatively. Only 31% view him as an ethical politician while 45% do not.
The good news for the Governor, ‘only’ 35% of the people think that he should resign while 45% believe he should remain in office.
This report also says “McDonnell’s issues could be a liability for the Republican ticket this fall as 31% of voters say they’d be less likely to vote for a candidate backed by him to only 15% that say they’d be more likely to support someone based on his blessing. Among independent voters it’s 29% less likely and 13% more likely.
Tomorrow PPP will release their latest polling on the Virginia races.
The DailyBeast covers how McDonnell’s troubles may effect our candidates in the fall, quoting Tom and Jeannemarie Davis.