Poll: Youngkin More Popular Than Biden in Virginia | National Review

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Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks during his election-night party in Chantilly, Va., November 3, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

A new poll from Roanoke College shows that recently elected Republican governor Glenn Youngkin is more popular than President Joe Biden in the state.

The survey was conducted between February 7 and February 16 — well before the conflict broke out in Ukraine, it should be noted — by Roanoke College’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, surveying 605 Virginia residents. It has a 4.8 percent margin of error.

According to the results, 50 percent of Virginians say they approve of the job Youngkin is doing thus far as governor, compared to 41 percent who disapprove. Biden, meanwhile, has the approval of just 41 percent of Virginia residents, while 53 percent say they disapprove of the job he’s done. This is the lowest approval rating Roanoke College has measured for Biden in Virginia since he took office.

Forty-six percent of respondents have a favorable view of Youngkin, compared with 41 percent who said they have a favorable view of outgoing Democratic governor Ralph Northam. Biden’s favorability rating in Virginia, meanwhile, is underwater by nearly ten points.

When it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic, 61 percent of Virginians said they approve of the job Youngkin is doing, while 44 percent disapprove. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they disagree with Youngkin’s executive order allowing parents to decide whether their kids should wear masks in school, while 36 percent agreed with it. The poll did not ask respondents about the state law enacted shortly thereafter codifying the executive order.

Most Virginians (51 percent) agree with Youngkin’s removal of the state-employee Covid-19 vaccine mandate, while 46 percent disagree.

While some progressives have predicted that there would be a backlash in Virginia to Youngkin’s immediate moves to fulfill his promises regarding Covid restrictions, that doesn’t seem to have come about. Instead, this poll suggests that, in essence, Virginians who voted for him are satisfied with what he’s done, and those who didn’t remain unhappy that he won.

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