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Rasmussen poll shows 64 percent approval rating for McDonnell

Rosalind Helderman

A new poll from Rasmussen Reports shows considerably stronger approval numbers for Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) than a poll released last week by Virginia Commonwealth University. The Rasmussen poll indicates that 64 percent of Virginia voters approve of McDonnell's performance as governor, with 29 percent approving strongly. Only 33 percent disapprove of his performance.

Those numbers are essentially unchanged, the polling agency notes, since February, shortly after McDonnell took office. The poll showed McDonnell more popular with men than women, more popular with whites than African-Americans, and more popular with Republicans than Democrats. It indicated 68 percent of voters who do not affiliate with either party approve of his performance.

The Rasmussen poll surveyed 500 likely voters. Households were surveyed using recorded messages rather than live interviewers--the Washington Post's polling unit believes the latter produces more accurate results. The VCU poll from last week used a combination of live and recorded interviews and surveyed all adults.

Among Rasmussen's other findings: 57 percent of Virginia voters favor off-shore drilling, 51 percent favor want the commonwealth to approve a law similar to Arizona's on immigration and 56 percent support repealing the national health care bill.

Forty-nine percent approve of President Obama's job performance; 51 percent disapprove.

"Governor McDonnell has been focused on creating jobs, reducing state spending, making government smaller and simpler, improving education and transportation and getting Virginia's economy back on track since his first day in office. He is bringing lawmakers from both parties together on these important issues and Virginians clearly approve of the bipartisan work that is being done to make Virginia a better place," said McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  July 27, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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