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Q-Poll: Va. Gov. Ralph Northam's Approval Takes Dive

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Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va. (Steve Helber/AP)

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:43 PM

Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's approval ratings are under water in the wake of a blackface furor, but a plurality of voters want him to stay in office, a new poll showed.

The Quinnipiac University survey, released Wednesday found Northam's approval rating at 39 percent, with 44 percent disapproving. That compares with a June 2018 survey that showed him with a 49 percent approval rating and 25 percent disapproving.

Voters say 48 percent to 42 percent Northam should not resign, the survey found. The breakdown is 60 percent of GOP voters and 46 percent of white voters want Northam to step down, compared with a third of Democratic voters and 31 percent of black voters.

"The good news for Gov. Ralph Northam is that Virginia voters have mixed feelings about him – not terrible but hardly reassuring in the wake of the brouhaha over his alleged use of blackface when he was a medical student more than three decades ago," Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll said in a statement. 

Northam initially faced calls to resign after the publication of a photo from his medical yearbook showing a person in blackface next to a person dressed as a member of the KKK. Northam first apologized, indicating he was pictured in the photo, then denied it was a photo of him —and admitted he had worn blackface on a different occasion.

As for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who is facing accusation of rape and sexual assault by two women, voters are divided 36-36 percent on whether he should resign, but say 54-24 percent he should not be impeached. He gets a negative 11-36 percent favorability rating, the poll found.

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

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In the wake of a blackface furor, Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's approval ratings are under water but a plurality of voters want him to stay in office, according to the Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday.
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