June 29, 2011 - Virginia Gov Has 2-1 Approval Rating, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Want To End Ban On Gay Adoptions

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has a strong 55 - 26 percent job approval rating, as many more voters like him personally than back his policies, according to the inaugural Quinnipiac University Virginia poll released today.

The independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll, conducted by live interviewers with registered voters on landlines and cell phones, releases periodic voter surveys of office holders, candidates and issues nationally and in Connecticut, New York, New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and now Virginia.

"Gov. Bob McDonnell's overall support levels are among the highest when compared to other governors around the country," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "And they are far better than those of his GOP counterparts in Florida, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Even among Democrats he is within 10 points of parity, an unusually high level of support for a governor from the opposition party."

McDonnell's job approval is 77 - 11 percent among Republicans and 59 - 24 percent among independent voters. Democrats disapprove 42 - 33 percent. Men approve of his performance 61 - 25 percent and women approve 50 - 26 percent. White voters approve 58 - 25 percent, while black voters approve 50 - 25 percent.

"The legislature doesn't rate quite as highly with Virginians, although its 48 - 33 percent approval rating is pretty good compared to legislatures in other states," said Brown. "No matter whether a governor is up or down in the polls, he or she almost always fares better in the public eye than does the state legislature."

Virginia's other statewide leaders, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, also fare well with the public: Bolling gets a 39 - 20 percent approval rating with 42 percent undecided; Cuccinelli gets a 49 - 31 percent approval, with 20 percent undecided.

Virginia voters like Gov. McDonnell personally 57 - 16 percent. But when asked if they like most of his policies, support drops to 48 - 33 percent.

"The biggest difference is among Democrats who like him personally 43 - 28 percent, but dislike his policies 55 - 21 percent. Even with the drop-off from his personal support, a 48 - 33 percent backing of most of his policies isn't bad," said Brown. "Independent voters like him 61 - 13 percent and like his policies 51 - 31 percent. Republicans like him 72 - 7 percent and like his policies 74 - 13 percent."

McDonnell receives a 50 - 34 percent approval on handling the state budget. Voters approve 40 - 30 percent of the budget passed by the legislature and signed by McDonnell. Asked if this budget is fair to people like them, 43 percent say fair and 32 percent unfair.

"In most of the other Quinnipiac University states, voters, often by a large margin, see the budgets as unfair to folks like them. This perception that the budget is fair may explain Gov. McDonnell's approval numbers," said Brown.

Virginia voters oppose 52 - 41 percent a law that would allow same-sex couples to marry. Men oppose it 55 - 38 percent and women oppose it 49 - 44 percent. Voters under 35 years old support same-sex marriage 63 - 29 percent.

But they support 51 - 43 percent allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. Voters say 51 - 42 percent that policies barring same-sex adoptions should be ended. Voters have different views on state-run and church-run adoption agencies:
  • State-run agencies should not ban prospective parents based on sexual orientation, voters say 59 - 35 percent;
  • Church-run agencies can continue the ban, voters say by a narrow 48 - 45 percent.
Voters split 41 - 41 percent on continuing the ban on uranium mining in Virginia.

From June 21 - 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,434 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob McDonnell is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              55%    77%    33%    59%    61%    50%    58%    50%
Disapprove           26     11     42     24     25     26     25     25
DK/NA                19     13     25     16     14     24     17     25
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              45%    58%    60%    57%    54%    63%    27%    55%    73%
Disapprove           30     27     23     24     28     20     54     26     11
DK/NA                26     15     16     19     18     17     19     19     16
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              48%    61%    36%    50%    53%    44%    50%    50%
Disapprove           33     20     44     33     33     33     32     32
DK/NA                19     18     20     17     14     24     18     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              48%    49%    50%    47%    50%    49%    29%    50%    59%
Disapprove           26     38     31     34     32     31     51     34     22
DK/NA                27     12     19     19     18     19     20     17     19
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Bolling is handling his job as Lieutenant Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              39%    47%    33%    37%    44%    33%    37%    49%
Disapprove           20     15     27     18     19     20     19     20
DK/NA                42     38     40     45     36     47     44     31
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              36%    41%    39%    43%    32%    44%    24%    38%    49%
Disapprove           26     20     16     20     19     18     34     20     12
DK/NA                38     40     45     37     49     37     42     42     39
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ken Cuccinelli is handling his job as Virginia Attorney General?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              49%    71%    28%    50%    52%    46%    52%    40%
Disapprove           31     14     46     31     34     29     30     33
DK/NA                20     15     25     19     15     25     17     27
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              45%    49%    52%    52%    44%    60%    25%    42%    72%
Disapprove           29     34     30     27     38     23     59     37     11
DK/NA                26     17     17     21     18     17     16     21     17
 
 
13. Regardless of how you feel about Bob McDonnell's policies, would you say you like or don't like Bob McDonnell as a person?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Like                 57%    72%    43%    61%    64%    50%    59%    57%
Don't Like           16      7     28     13     17     16     14     21
DK/NA                27     21     29     26     19     34     26     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Like                 51%    58%    61%    57%    57%    64%    37%    60%    66%
Don't Like           22     17     12     17     16     11     37     16      7
DK/NA                27     25     27     26     28     25     27     24     27
 
 
14. And regardless of how you feel about Bob McDonnell as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Bob McDonnell's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Like                 48%    74%    21%    51%    54%    43%    52%    40%
Don't Like           33     13     55     31     34     32     31     38
DK/NA                19     13     23     17     13     25     17     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Like                 40%    49%    54%    49%    47%    61%    25%    42%    72%
Don't Like           39     35     27     31     35     24     59     36     15
DK/NA                20     16     19     19     18     15     16     22     13
 
 
15. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Virginia today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied       11%    16%     6%    11%    12%     9%    11%    12%
Smwht satisfied      57     61     51     59     58     56     59     56
Smwht dissatisfied   23     17     31     20     21     24     22     24
Very dissatisfied     8      4     11      9      8      9      8      8
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied       11%     8%    13%    11%    11%    11%     5%     8%    17%
Smwht satisfied      58     58     55     56     59     60     43     62     61
Smwht dissatisfied   23     24     23     23     23     19     39     22     14
Very dissatisfied     7      9      8     10      7      9     11      6      8
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      -      1      1      1
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob McDonnell is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              50%    68%    32%    52%    58%    42%    54%    38%
Disapprove           34     20     48     33     32     36     31     45
DK/NA                16     12     20     15     10     22     15     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              41%    51%    55%    50%    51%    61%    24%    48%    67%
Disapprove           42     37     28     35     33     28     57     36     20
DK/NA                17     12     17     16     16     11     18     16     12
 
 
17. How much have you heard or read about the new state budget agreed to by Governor McDonnell and the state legislature? A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
A lot                11%     7%    11%    15%    13%    10%    11%    14%
Some                 45     51     41     46     49     41     46     37
Not much             30     28     34     28     28     32     30     38
Nothing at all       13     13     14     10     10     16     13     10
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
A lot                 7%    12%    14%    10%    14%    10%    12%    11%    11%
Some                 40     51     43     42     49     50     40     44     51
Not much             32     29     30     33     26     28     32     31     27
Nothing at all       21      9     12     15     10     13     15     14     11
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      1      -      1      -      1
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the state budget agreed to by Governor McDonnell and the state legislature?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              40%    55%    23%    45%    50%    31%    44%    33%
Disapprove           30     14     49     27     28     32     27     40
DK/NA                29     30     29     27     22     37     29     27
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              33%    44%    43%    41%    40%    49%    20%    40%    54%
Disapprove           34     31     26     30     30     24     52     32     16
DK/NA                33     26     31     29     30     27     28     28     30
 
 
19. Do you think the new state budget is fair or unfair to people like you?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Fair                 43%    57%    34%    46%    52%    36%    47%    38%
Unfair               32     23     44     29     28     36     28     40
DK/NA                25     20     23     25     20     29     25     23
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Fair                 40%    44%    47%    41%    49%    49%    29%    44%    54%
Unfair               31     36     28     36     26     29     45     33     23
DK/NA                28     20     25     24     25     22     26     23     24
 
 
20. What do you think about the cuts in state spending in the new budget? Do you think the cuts in state spending go too far, not far enough or are they about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Too far              29%    14%    47%    26%    25%    33%    25%    41%
Not far enough       24     31     13     25     27     20     24     19
About right          29     37     23     32     34     25     32     27
DK/NA                18     18     17     17     14     21     19     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Too far              30%    31%    27%    29%    29%    22%    49%    32%    15%
Not far enough       23     28     22     25     22     27     16     20     32
About right          29     26     33     28     32     32     14     31     37
DK/NA                18     16     18     17     18     19     21     17     16
 
 
21. Would you support or oppose a law that would allow same-sex couples to get married?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              41%    21%    59%    42%    38%    44%    42%    35%
Oppose               52     74     35     50     55     49     53     55
DK/NA                 7      5      6      8      7      6      5     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              63%    42%    28%    34%    52%    16%    81%    46%    15%
Oppose               29     53     65     60     41     81     15     48     78
DK/NA                 7      4      7      6      6      3      4      6      7
 
 
22. Do you support or oppose allowing same-sex couples to adopt children?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              51%    33%    67%    52%    49%    54%    53%    48%
Oppose               43     61     30     41     45     40     42     46
DK/NA                 6      6      3      7      6      6      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              70%    55%    39%    43%    65%    31%    80%    60%    27%
Oppose               27     40     54     52     29     65     18     35     65
DK/NA                 4      5      7      6      6      4      2      5      8
 
 
23. Currently in Virginia, state and church run adoption agencies can prevent an adoption to prospective parents based on their sexual orientation. Do you think that policy should be continued or ended?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Continued            42%    62%    26%    41%    46%    37%    43%    38%
Ended                51     32     69     50     48     53     50     54
DK/NA                 7      6      5      9      6      9      7      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Continued            25%    43%    49%    48%    32%    62%    21%    35%    62%
Ended                71     51     41     46     59     34     75     58     31
DK/NA                 3      6     10      6      9      5      4      7      7
 
 
24. Do you think that: State-run adoption agencies should be allowed to prevent an adoption if the prospective parents are gay or lesbian or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  35%    52%    23%    32%    36%    33%    35%    34%
No                   59     43     72     61     58     60     59     58
DK/NA                 6      6      4      7      6      7      6      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  18%    34%    43%    40%    26%    54%    17%    29%    52%
No                   79     61     48     53     68     39     81     65     41
DK/NA                 3      5      9      6      5      6      2      6      7
 
 
25. Do you think that: Church-run adoption agencies should be allowed to prevent an adoption if the prospective parents are gay or lesbian or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  48%    63%    33%    49%    53%    43%    50%    43%
No                   45     32     60     45     41     50     44     51
DK/NA                 7      5      6      6      6      8      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  38%    51%    49%    48%    47%    63%    30%    42%    65%
No                   57     44     41     45     46     33     63     50     30
DK/NA                 5      5      9      7      7      5      7      8      5
 
 
26. As you may know, there is a ban on mining uranium in Virginia. Some people say: There should be mining for uranium because of the economic benefits. Others say: There should not be mining for uranium because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Shld be mining       41%    58%    27%    41%    48%    33%    43%    35%
Shld not be mining   41     25     58     41     40     43     41     43
DK/NA                18     17     16     18     12     24     16     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    COLL DEGREE  WtBnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    No     Yes    Evglcl Lib    Mod    Con
 
Shld be mining       35%    42%    45%    41%    41%    48%    22%    39%    55%
Shld not be mining   54     39     36     39     46     33     62     46     24
DK/NA                11     19     20     20     14     18     17     15     21