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PPP Poll: McDonnell Approval Numbers Falling Fast, Hurting Rest of Republican Ticket

by: lowkell

Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 16:24:41 PM EDT


Public Policy Polling was "in the field" in Virginia this past weekend, and they're now coming out with their results. A few highlights.

1. "Bob McDonnell's net approval rating has dropped 12 points in the last month, and that for the first time since taking office he's under water. Only 36% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 41% who disapprove." [UPDATE: "Very conservative" voters continue to approve of McDonnell by a 57%-19% margin, with "somewhat conservative" voters approving by a 53%-26% margin. Moderates, "somewhat liberal" and "very liberal" voters all disapprove of McDonnell, big time.]

2. "McDonnell's favorability numbers are even worse than his approval numbers with just 32% of voters seeing him in a positive light to 45% who have a negative opinion." [UPDATE: Same deal as with the net approval numbers...conservatives still view McDonnell favorably by wide margins, everyone else is wayyyy unfavorable.]

3. "There is one piece of good news for McDonnell in the poll though- only 35% of voters think he should resign at this point to 45% who believe he should remain in office." [UPDATE: Among "very conservative" voters, 70% say he shouldn't resign, with just 11% saying he should. Among "somewhat conservative" voters, 69% say he shouldn't and 21% say he should. In other words, McDonnell has NOT - repeat NOT! - lost his conservative base by any means, at least as of now.]

4. "The bottom line though is McDonnell has become a liability for Republican candidates in the state this year, and our newest numbers for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General which will be out tomorrow confirm that."

I'm most interested in point #4 - that McDonnell's becoming a liability for the Cuccinelli/Jackson/Obenshain "Extreme Team" ticket. The problem for those guys is that it's quite possible McDonnell will NOT step down as governor or be impeached, at least not for a while, meaning this could drag on and on, potentially dragging them down and down. So sad. Heh.

UPDATE: Having looked at the "internals," I'm also VERY interested in the fact that conservatives are still strongly supporting McDonnell. It seems to me that makes it much less likely he'll be pressured by Republicans to resign, which in turn means he could stay on until the end of his term. Ken Cuccinelli might not like it, but most conservatives apparently see it differently.

P.S. Also interesting, voters by a 2:1 (31%-15%) margin say that McDonnell's support would make them LESS likely to vote for a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates. Whoops! Also, strictly among Republican voters, 60% say that McDonnell's support would make no difference to them, while 23% say it would make them more likely to vote for the candidate, and 10% less likely.  

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More good news: Money pours into McAuliffe campaign (0.00 / 0)
McAuliffe Announces Nearly $2 Million Raised in June, $5.6 Million for Q2

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAulife's campaign announced today that he raised more than $1.9 million during the month of June from more than 5,000 donors and nearly every county in Virginia.  He raised more than $5.6 million total during the 2nd quarter.  McAuliffe's cash on hand is now just over $6 million.

"Terry is grateful to the thousands of Virginians who have joined in support of his campaign and the leaders from both parties who have endorsed him for governor," said McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin.  "It's clear that Virginians want a governor like Terry McAuliffe who will focus on mainstream ideas to strengthen and diversify the economy, and not someone who puts his own extreme social agenda first even if its not in the best interest of Virginia."

Current Filing (5/30/13 through 6/30/13)
78% of contributors were from Virginia
88% of contributors gave $100 or less
More than 5,100 total contributors



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Cuccinelli raised about half of Terry McAuliffe (0.00 / 0)
$1.1 million raised in June for Cooch vs. $2 million for T-Mac
$2.7 million cash on hand for Cooch vs. $6 million for T-Mac

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[ Parent ]
Let sanity prevail (4.00 / 1)
Thank goodness people are paying attention to these ever mounting scandals. I hope for a clean dem sweep this fall

Too bad conservatives don't care about ethics (3.00 / 1)
Maybe they should try listening to that guy -- what's his name, Jesus something or other?

For a Sustainable Virginia. Now on Twitter.

"Conservatives" (0.00 / 0)
Among "very conservative" voters, 70% say he shouldn't resign, with just 11% saying he should. Among "somewhat conservative" voters, 69% say he shouldn't and 21% say he should. In other words, McDonnell has NOT - repeat NOT! - lost his conservative base by any means, at least as of now

...I would like to think if the tables were turned, we on the left would have better numbers then that. He stole their tax dollars. Where's the TEA party??


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