ROANOKE, Va. – The partisan divide remains strong in Virginia, according to a new poll from Roanoke College.
From Feb. 7 to Feb. 16, researchers at the college interviewed 605 adults throughout the state about some of the executive actions taken by Governor Glenn Youngkin during his first few months in office. Topics of discussion included controversial issues such as mask and vaccine mandates.
According to the poll, his approval rating is at 50%, while 41% disapprove of the governor. These ratings are similar to former Governor Ralph Northam, who had an approval rating of 52% in August 2021.
“Even though there’s a change in administration, change in the political party, there’s not a change in overall how the commonwealth feels about his overall job approval,” said Dr. Dave Taylor, director of the Institute for Policy & Opinion Research at Roanoke College.
While split over the future of the Commonwealth, the poll also found that 67% of Virginians feel the country is headed in the wrong direction.