Poll: Most Virginia voters approve of McDonnell
December 22nd, 2010
11:49 AM ET
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Poll: Most Virginia voters approve of McDonnell

(CNN) - As Gov. Bob McDonnell finishes up his first year in office, a new poll indicates a majority of Virginia voters are giving their Republican governor a thumbs up on how he's doing his job.

According to a survey by the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College, 57 percent of Virginians approve of how McDonnell's handling his duties as governor, with 26 percent saying they disapprove.

McDonnell was one of the GOP's major success stories of the 2009 election as he defeated Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds by double digits to capture the governor's office, which had been held by term limited Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine.

The Roanoke College poll was conducted November 29-December 8, and released Tuesday. The survey was conducted by telephone with 601 Virginia voters were questioned. The poll's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. one voice

    The majority that live in Virginia are the same CLOWNS that voted for Bush not only once but TWICE. Dumbing down of America is in FULL BLOOM.

    December 22, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. johnRJ08

    Well, we are talking about Virginia here. That explains it.

    December 22, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Rosslaw

    He was smart enough take $2.5 billion in stimulus money while castigating the Obama administration for having a stimulus plan.

    December 22, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The President's approval rating is going to skyrocket after the repeal of DADT and everything he's accomplished during his first 2 years in office.

    That's what happens when you've got nowhere to go but up. The bump he sees, if any, is a result of throwing his base under the bus and caving to republicans on the tax issue.

    December 22, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    Of course they like him! He's a common sense, down to earth conservative Republican! He isn't going to drive the state into bankruptcy like DemocRAT governors have done around the country.

    December 22, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. karen from Charlottesville

    Hey, wait a minute johnRJ08. We have our share of Rhodes Scholars and great Presidents from VA. We have some very fine Universities, but obvously our Governor didn't attend one of them! People like him because he has appeared to balance the budget and has added jobs in a bad economy, but when it comes to social issues, either people aren't paying attention or just don't care. I am a lifelong Virginian and I have never been so embarrassed and distressed as I am by our Governor and Attorney General. It really is humiliating to live in a state where the Governor can't even pronounce "arbiter," but what is really, truly frightening is that he looks like a screaming liberal next to our Attorney General.

    December 22, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. disciple

    He is one of the many blatantly hypicritical Republicans in the last two years. They borrowed the money from china they started tarp, and the car indust bail out. All the while lieing directly to the American peoples faces. We are not stupid, we will not be played. Except in Virgina of course...lolololol

    December 22, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. AZ DEM

    Its funny I'm not sure which is worst AZ with our governor who can barely recite an opening statement in a debate so i feel for Virginians who feel their governor doesnt represent the overal "wealth" of knowledge the entire state as a whole possess...ALTHOUGH as a state we did vote the imbeciles in

    December 22, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    They must have polled those "small pockets of Virginia" to get those results because I have not been polled and I do not see anything FANTASTIC he has done but RECANT on the controversial statements he made and policies he tried to pass!!! AND, the STIMULUS $$$$ – how's that HELPING VA McDonnell??????????? STIMULUS you didn't agree on!!!!

    @Fair is Fair – President Obama's so-called BUMP has NEVER been under 42% which is a VERY GOOD number considering the HELL he went through dealing with the RIGHT!!! It does not matter what good President Obama does because he is DAMNED if he DO (DOES) and DAMNED if he DON'T (DOESN'T). People like you would never see any GOOD in our president even if his numbers were 80% approval!!!!

    Support our current leader, President Obama, while he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD!!!

    December 22, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    President Obama's approval ratings are over 56%. The congressional republican's approval rating is right at 42%, even lower than the democrats.

    December 22, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Name king

    Hey someone tell this guy that trickle down economics dont work, although I got to give him credit for taking the stimulous even though he bashed the president for letting him have it, but Atleast he know something that most repugs especially the uneducated ones, that demand drives an economy. he dont do all that crap that christy is doing in new jersey by taking money out of the lower class people hand and giving it the rich, will soon fail, because those are the customers in the economy, but he seems to be a little more shrewd than Christie is so he might survive.

    December 22, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    McDonnell and Coochi Cuccinelli are an embarrassment to VA. Evidently, since Virginia is for lovers, they have not taken much time to look at their governor. He did use stimulus money to save his sorry budget though.

    December 22, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    McDonnell is a narcissistic shallow-minded used car salesman type who got his political training at Kamp Pat Robertson. You remember Robertson – the evangelical preacher multi-millionaire who said the US deserved the attacks of 911.
    You thought Bush's lawyers were immature freaks – he's of the same class – literally. True some in Va think like NC, SC, and other backward states. But those who appreciate science, history, education are the growing segment.
    BTW ~ our nut-job state AG – Cuccinelli – his old seat is now Democratic! And we have two outstanding Senators – both Democratic. Va voted for Obama and will again in 2012!
    In Va we are weeding (voting) the neanderthals out.

    December 22, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. vanessa

    @at democrats class warfare destroying the ecconomy & sanity... i've read a couple of ur comments & i fing them very disturbing, especially were u call & OUR pRESIDENT obozo! that is so disrespectful! & like many like ur ink, 2 me there's so much racist behind.. i feel sos sorry about people who seem so misguided in the opinions!.. one one thing, I'm hispanic, born here, & belive me when i say that all hispanics, latinos will b voniting 4 Borack Hussein Obama! 1212!

    December 22, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. ronnie from va

    Hum!! Funny no one from the hampton roads area was polled... We don't agree with McDonnel or Cuccinili

    December 22, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. VAEmployee

    This poll must have been taken before he wrote to all state employees indicating that in the next year or so we will get a "fake" raise/bonus, followed by a 2% net decrease in salaries. Nice message before the holidays and good plan given the current economic times facing Virginians and Americans. Go Gov!

    December 22, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Marcus

    johnRJ08 – Don't make generalizations. Yeah, there are people that NO MATTER WHAT will say that he's great, he's good, he's the next POTUS and all that. And there are people, some of them DO LIVES in Virginia, that will look at what he said and what he did, and at the consequences of his acts. Hopefully, for the State of Virginia as a whole, the number of people in that last category will rise from now on, for the sake of the whole state!

    Fair is Fair – as usual you se the world with 'irreality' glasses. The POTUS did not 'caved' to Republicans. He made a bad deal with them and was the first to admit it (go see the weekly message from him regarding the matter), had he 'caved' he would try to point the deal as a good thing...

    December 22, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Most Virginia voters approve of McDonnell because MOST Virginia voters don't know McDonnell.
    I live in Maryland. McDonnell is a yahoo. He's a Northern Barbour, if you will. Don't be fooled.

    December 22, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    Contrary to the usual nonsense spewed by right wing operatives, our state took a dive with Allen (ma-caw-caw) who cut all programs without even considering which worked and which didn't and then Va kept sliding under Gilmore who cut taxes but didn't fund the tax cut – typical Repub games. Then we had a Democratic businessman, John Warner, who brought our bond rating back to AAA fixing the Republican mess, and then Kaine who further enhanced our state. Now back in the hands of a childish self serving Republican who's first scheme is to sell off state assets for short term gain. Probably so he can push through an un-productive tax cut for his biggest contributors. Maybe now Pat Robertson will get that new interchange off I-64?

    December 22, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. mesamick

    Go to the dictionary and look up the word "chump". You will see the picture of the typical VA voter who votes for those good conservative white chrissjun rethugliecants and teatards – Complete with their snaggle-toothed smile, ratty hat, shot gun in one hand, buy-bull in the other – and of course a white hood hangin' out of their "right rear" pocket...This state, it's backwards looking residents and it's elected politicians are and embarrassment to America and are tryin' their very best to take the country back to the 1860's...

    December 22, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Fair is Fair who said:
    That's what happens when you've got nowhere to go but up. The bump he sees, if any, is a result of throwing his base under the bus and caving to republicans on the tax issue.
    Your moniker is in direct opposition to your ability to be rational, fair, and impartial.
    I too did not initially want the President to "cave" to the RethugliKKKlans. Thank God the President acted in the interest of the greater good. I do not call comromise "caving". It takes a really strong person to compromise when every bone in his body, and UNINFORMED SPECTATORS are telling him to fight.
    And by the way the fact that people refuse to see how much he's accomplished for the good of this country does not place him at the bottom with nowhere to go but up.

    December 22, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Blair from Goochland

    I live in Virginia and nobody asked my opinion. I am embarrassed by the republican's in office in this state. Don't get me wrong there are some good republicans out there but the ones who got elected in this states are worthless. The Attorney General is making Virginia a laughing stock just to further his own political ambitions. It has always been hard to be a democrat in this state but now.....you get the picture.

    December 22, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |