Roanoke poll: Virginians say commonwealth’s top elected officials shouldn’t resign


ROANOKE, Va. (WAVY) — New results of a poll from Roanoke College show what Virginians think of its three top elected officials plagued by scandals — Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring.

44 percent of Virginians say Northam should not resign, while 40 percent and 49 percent say Fairfax and Herring should stay, respectively, according to the Roanoke College Poll. The “should not resign” responses show a plurality, but not a majority. 

54 percent of Virginians said someone dressing in blackface, as Governor Northam admitted to doing, should not disquality them from holding office.

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The poll also found Governor Northam’s approval rating is at 32 percent, down from 54 percent in August, before the crisis broke.

Roanoke College’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research interviewed 598 Virginia residents between February 10 and February 20 for the poll, which has a margin of error of 4 percent.

To read the full findings, which include other national issues, click here. 

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