Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin just got good some news. A new Roanoke College poll found the Republican trending upwards from earlier this year, polling at 53% approval in May, up from 50% in March.
Youngkin’s support from Democrats and his shrinking disapproval ratings show an even greater shift. Back in March, when the poll was last conducted, Youngkin had a 41% disapproval in moderate Virginia.
Now, the Governor has shed 6% of his negative reviews, polling at 35% disapproval. Even starker, Youngkin now has the approval of 41% of likely Democrat voters, a great sign for Republicans statewide.
That is a huge leap from his 30% Democratic approval in March.
At the federal level, Virginians are not satisfied with Joe Biden, to say the least.
President Biden’s ratings continue to fall, with only 38% of Virginians having a favorable impression and 56% view him unfavorably. Former President Trump has a 34% favorable and 59% unfavorable rating among Virginians as his favorability in Virginia declines due to the feelings of both Republicans and Independents.
The poll also conducted questions regarding the conflict in Ukraine, as well as the hot button issue of abortion.
As most polls around the country show, Democrats aren’t getting the midterm boost they hoped to gain from the newly-invigorated abortion debate following the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade leak. Americans’ attitudes on abortion are basically the same as they were years ago, but some numbers have shifted slightly in Virginia.
Roanoke’s analysis reads:
With abortion in news headlines due to the recent leak of an early draft opinion from the United States Supreme Court that has the potential to strike down abortion protections afforded by the Roe v. Wade decision from the Court in 1973, the Roanoke College Poll asked Virginians when abortion should be legal.
Over a third (35%) felt that abortion should be legal under any circumstances (up from 31% in August of 2015), more than half (53%) felt that it should be legal only under certain circumstances (up from 46% in 2015), and only 11% felt that abortion should be completely illegal. Overall, 88% of Virginias feel that abortion should be legal under some or all circumstances, up from 77% seven years ago.
By party, 54% of Democrats say that abortion should be legal in all circumstances, while only 16% of Republicans and 33% of Independents feel that way. Only 2% of Democrats would make abortion entirely illegal, while 23% of Republicans and 10% if Independents would.
Almost a third (32%) of Virginians agree with the early draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade (22% for Democrats and 46% for Republicans) while 56% disagree. We asked respondents about their favorability impression of the U.S. Supreme Court and found that 46% have a favorable impression (42% for Democrats and 55% for Republicans) while 42% have an unfavorable impression of the Court.