Virginians approve of McDonnell; they also favor higher tolls over gas tax

Quinnipiac University released poll results today that says Gov. Bob McDonnell has an approval rating over more than 2-1 (53-26 percent).

“[McDonnell] is the only Republican office-holder in the seven states surveyed by Quinnipiac University who get positive ratings from women, almost 2-1 in this case, and a plus score from black voters,” said said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “A 2-1 approval rating among young voters doesn’t hurt.”

Specifically, the poll reports that:

* Women approve of McDonnell 48-26,
* Independents approve of McDonnell 58-23,
* African American voters approve of McDonnell 41-32,
* Young voters approve of McDonnell 48-24

“Virginians made it clear in 2009 that they wanted common-sense conservative leadership, and Governor McDonnell has delivered. From day one, he focused on jobs and the economy, balancing the Commonwealth’s budget without treating taxpayers like an ATM,” said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins. “As the Governor likes to say, ‘Good policy is good politics,’ and this poll continues to bear that out.”

Additionally, the poll states that Virginians are split on lifting the moratorium on uranium mining and 56 percent favor raising tolls to pay for transportation while only 32 percent favor raising the gas tax.

  • MD Russ

    A poll is only as good as the way the questions are asked. The board of the Metro Washington Airports Authority, who now operates the Dulles Toll Road (thanks much, Senator-elect Eyebrow!) has voted to raise tolls on 12 miles of highway to $9 per round trip. That is about $200 per month for the average commuter who travels from eastern Loudoun County to Tysons Corner or the Beltway. I wonder what the Quinnipiac poll result would have been if the question had been, “would you rather pay 1 penny more per gallon in fuel tax or $9 per day in tolls to commute to and from your job? How about 5 cents more? 10 cents more?”

    • Very good MD. Your next assignment is to explain why I, and other denizens of Virginia’s Southwest, should pay for your commute.

      • Nathan Miller

        Same reason Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia pay for your state troopers, contribute to your sheriff’s office….

        • Not to mention build their roads, Nathan.

          This is one of the reasons why it’s called a “commonwealth”. The factionalism needs to stop. It’s ridiculous. A rising tide lifts all boats.

          • Christopher Stearns

            I was tempted to weigh in with my typical two cents, but J.R. put it mighty craftily with the ‘rising tide’ idiom. That made my day for some reason. 🙂

          • When I lived in the coal fields my commute was 45 minutes. My wife’s was over an hour. Just sayin’.

          • Exactly. One of the roles of government is to promote free commerce and trade. Roads to and from the coal fields certainly helps.

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