Quinnipiac: Gov. McDonnell Maintains High Approval Rating Among Women

Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 02:22 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Virginia voters, including women and young voters, have given Republican Governor Bob McDonnell a high approval rating, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released Thursday.

Forty-eight percent of women in Virginia approve of McDonnell's performance running the state, while only 26 percent disapprove.

His approval rating among African-American voters was 41 percent, while only 32 percent disapproved.

Voters 18 to 34 years old approve 48 - 24 percent.

"As Gov. Bob McDonnell enters his final year in office, he remains one of the nation's more popular chief state executives," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"He is the only Republican office-holder in the seven states surveyed by Quinnipiac University who get positive ratings from women, almost 2-1 in this case, and a plus score from black voters. A 2-1 approval rating among young voters doesn't hurt."

The only group that disapproves is Democrats, by a fairly narrow 43 - 34 percent.

According to the Washington Post, the favorability ratings among women may come as a surprise to those who thought McDonnell’s chances to become Mitt Romney’s running mate were hurt earlier this year by a controversial abortion law.

In February, The Virginia state Legislature passed a bill 21-19 that would require women to have an ultrasound 24 hours before they may have an abortion.

Earlier that month, the Senate passed a similar bill that would have forced women to undergo an invasive transvaginal ultrasound procedure.

After the bill was severely criticized, McDonnell helped House Republicans write and pass a revised that mandates a more common transabdominal procedure.

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