PPP's newest Virginia poll finds that Bob McDonnell's net approval rating has dropped 12 points in the last month, and that for the first time since taking office he's under water. Only 36% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 41% who disapprove.
McDonnell's numbers are down across the board from our last poll of the state. He's dropped from 73% approval with Republicans to 62%, 22% approval with Democrats to 14%, and from a 39/41 spread to a 36/43 one with independents. McDonnell's favorability numbers are even worse than his approval numbers with just 32% of voters seeing him in a positive light to 45% who have a negative opinion.
McDonnell's ethics issues seem to be driving this downturn in his popularity. Only 31% of voters in the state consider him to be an ethical politician, compared to 45% who do not. McDonnell's issues could be a liability for the Republican ticket this fall as 31% of voters say they'd be less likely to vote for a candidate backed by him to only 15% that say they'd be more likely to support someone based on his blessing. Among independent voters it's 29% less likely and 13% more likely.
There is one piece of good news for McDonnell in the poll though- only 35% of voters think he should resign at this point to 45% who believe he should remain in office.
The bottom line though is McDonnell has become a liability for Republican candidates in the state this year, and our newest numbers for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General which will be out tomorrow confirm that.
Full results here