New Poll Reveals Gov. McAuliffe’s Lukewarm Approval Ratings

A poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University shows that voters are optimistic about Gov. McAuliffe’s term by 57 to 32 percent. This information comes only two months after he won office with just under 50% of the vote, reports The Washington Post.

“Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s initial report card from Virginia voters is good, but not great,” says Peter Brown, the assistant director of Quinnipiac University’s Poll.

McAuliffe’s overall approval rating remains lukewarm with 44% of people approving of the job he is doing, 29% disapproving and 27% undecided.

The poll reports that 53% of Virginians feel that he has strong leadership qualities, 44% believe he is honest and trustworthy and 46% feel that McAuliffe cares about their needs and problems.

Quinnipiac administered this poll as McAuliffe engaged in a dispute with House Republicans in regards to expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. The battle has stalled budget negotiations, and with time running out the argument threatens a state government shutdown if not resolved before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st.

The survey shows that this is not Virginians’ biggest concern. Only 4% of those polled feel that Medicaid should be the government’s top priority, while 19% feel that the focus should be on jobs and unemployment.

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