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Wason Poll: Voters Say Keep Va. Gov. Northam, Despite Sinking Approval

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Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va. (Steve Helber/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 10 April 2019 06:38 PM EDT

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's approval rating has plummeted in the wake of a blackface scandal but the majority of his state's voters want him to stay in office, according to the results of a new poll.

Key results from the survey conducted by Christopher Newport University's Wason Center for Public Policy:

  • Northam's approval rating has lost 19 points since December and now stands at 40% among registered voters.
  • 52% said Northam should remain in office despite the scandal, which involved the unearthing of a decades-old yearbook photo of two college men, one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Northam said he was one of the people in the photo, although he would not say which one.
  • 23% said they had not seen, heard, or read anything about Northam in the news recently, which indicates they might not be aware of the racist photo scandal.
  • 12% percent said unrestricted abortion should be legal in all cases. Northam said in January he would support after-birth abortions.

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Despite a sinking approval rating, a majority of voters say they would like to keep Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in office, a new poll found.
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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 06:38 PM
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