Poll: Virginia voters give thumbs-up to McDonnell
May 6th, 2013
08:46 AM ET
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Poll: Virginia voters give thumbs-up to McDonnell

(CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell got some good news Monday after a new poll indicated the Republican governor's approval ratings remained high among voters in the commonwealth.

The numbers were released a week after the Washington Post reported the FBI was probing ties between the Republican governor and a top campaign donor who paid for catering at McDonnell's daughter's wedding.

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According to a new Washington Post survey, McDonnell has high marks among independents, Democrats and Republicans. The poll was conducted last Monday through Thursday, just as the story over his relationship with the donor was breaking.

Acknowledging there was much he wanted to say but couldn't due to the ongoing investigation, McDonnell said last week in a radio interview there was "nothing going on at all at this time that impairs by ability to do a good job and serve the people of Virginia."

Sixty-four percent of all registered voters say they approve of the job the governor is doing, including 52% of Democrats. The 64% rating is six points up from two Post surveys last year.

Meanwhile, 59% of Virginians say McDonnell, who was elected in 2009, has "high personal moral and ethical standards," while 16% disagree and 25% are unsure.

McDonnell isn't running for re-election–Virginia governors cannot serve consecutive terms–but the numbers could be a positive sign for the state's GOP attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, who's running for McDonnell's spot this year.

The Washington Post released numbers over the weekend indicating Cucinelli had an early advantage over former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe. According to the survey, taken six months before Election Day, Cuccinelli is up 46%-41% over McAuliffe among all Virginia voters and 51%-41% among those who say they're certain to vote in November.

But the poll also notes that only 10% say they're following the campaign "very closely," while nearly half say they're undecided or could change their minds.

The Washington Post survey was conducted by telephone with 1,000 adults in Virginia, including 887 registered voters, from April 29 to May 2. The sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Ken Cuccinelli • Polls • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    One fact keeps bugging me about our political leaders in general. Military leaders could never get a security clearance if they displayed the behavior and character of politicians – yet we allow politicians access to classifed information. Often, they leak that information or turn it around to create a conspiracy, knowing the actual facts are classified and can't be openly rebuted. Why aren't politicians held to the same standards?

    May 6, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    tie him to Mr Ultrasound and the womens' vote goes out the door. The race will be tight but McCauliffe will pull it out

    May 6, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "high personal moral and ethical standards,"
    Gov. Ultrasound and ethics do not belong in the same sentence together. As a Virginia resident, I give him two thumbs down.

    May 6, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. Bob 'Ultrasound' McDonnell will turn every woman in VA into a Dem

    As long as the GOP parades Mr. Transvaginal-Probe around, the more they lose the female vote. What century is this GOP?

    May 6, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Bessy

    The arrogance is there. Just look at his face.

    May 6, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The great people of Virginia are a conundrum to me and millions of us around the country, somewhat akin to the great people of South Kakalakee.
    Dutch, you're exempted, of course!

    May 6, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Data Driven

    I wonder if term limits are contributing to voter apathy about McDonnell's actions, I.e., why get all riled up about it? - he'll be gone soon enough, anyway. However, this story will be a problem for him when he runs for the Republican nomination in 2016.

    May 6, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Gop uses polls as a brainwash tool

    May 6, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Thanks DM4O. I hate that my governor puts the spotlight of shame on us.

    May 6, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Lessee,
    He could be a canidate for President next time around. And he may just take away your Rubber Ducky. But if you still need your Nanny you may be out of luck!

    May 6, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |