Leg­is­la­tors see their job rat­ing head south

Bud­get brings them back to Rich­mond

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - BY DAVID SHERFINSKI

RICH­MOND | A con­tentious leg­isla­tive ses­sion has sent the Virginia Gen­eral Assem­bly’s ap­proval scores un­der­wa­ter af­ter months of pos­i­tive rat­ings — a de­vel­op­ment that comes as law­mak­ers gaveled in a spe­cial ses­sion Wed­nes­day to break an im­passe on the state’s two-year, $85 bil­lion bud­get pro­posal.

Virginia vot­ers ap­proved of the state leg­is­la­ture by a 47 per­cent to 37 per­cent mar­gin in a Quin­nip­iac poll re­leased last month, but this month those num­bers flipped to 38 per­cent who ap­proved and 47 per­cent who dis­ap­proved, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased Wed­nes­day.

Peter A. Brown, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity Polling In­sti­tute, told re­porters that the num­bers were only sur­pris­ing in that they were pos­i­tive in the first place.

“Ev­ery state that I do and that Quin­nip­iac does, the leg­is­la­ture is never that pos­i­tive,” he said. “The fact that Virginia vot­ers were so pos­i­tive on the leg­is­la­ture was in it­self un­usual.”

Gov. Bob Mcdon­nell also saw his ap­proval rat­ing drop from a 58 per­cent to 24 per­cent split in Fe­bru­ary to a 53 per­cent to 32 per­cent fig­ure in the num­bers re­leased Wed­nes­day.

The poll, con­ducted March 13-18 of 1,034 reg­is­tered vot­ers, has a mar­gin of er­ror of 3.1 per­cent­age points.

Mr. Brown said it would be rea­son­able to as­sume there was “some link­age” be­tween Mr. Mcdon­nell’s slight

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