Legislators see their job rating head south
Budget brings them back to Richmond
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