McDonnell Popularity Drops in New Poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday shows that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s approval rating fell by 5 points from the previous poll conducted on Feb. 9.

Approvals dropped from 58 to 53 percent and disapprovals jumped from 24 to 32 percent. McDonnell’s Democratic rivals attribute the drop to his signing legislation requiring what they call “medically unnecessary ultrasound on Virginian women,” as State Democratic Party chair Brian Moran said. In addition to McDonnell’s drop, Quinnipiac University reports that the Virginia General Assembly’s approval ratings fell a net 19 points from February.