A poll published this week shows new Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin underwater with voters when it comes to his approval rating.
The poll, conducted by Wason Center for Civic Leadership at Christopher Newport University showed the governor, who was sworn in last month, has a 43 percent disapproval rating among voters, while 41 percent approve of the job he is doing.
The poll’s responses largely fell along party lines, with Republicans giving Youngkin good reviews across the board, and Democrats giving the governor low marks on almost every policy issue.
Overall, Virginia’s voters appear to lean more left than their governor in most policy areas. Respondents strongly support teaching how racism affects today’s American society, and oppose a ban on teaching Critical Race Theory in schools.
Youngkin has been a vocal opponent of CRT in Virginia classrooms, and went so far as to implement a controversial hotline citizens can call to report teachers who teach anything that might be deemed inappropriate at school.
Asked whether they believe the state is headed in the right direction under Youngkin’s leadership, voters were split “largely along partisan lines, with 80% of Republican voters saying Virginia is heading in the right direction, compared to 22% of Democrats and 45% of Independents.”
One area where voters on both sides of the aisle were in agreement is the proposed grocery tax cut. About 75 percent of voters support the 2.5 percent tax break on groceries regardless of party affiliation.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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