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Virginia governor’s approval ratings above water 6 months after blackface scandal

More Virginians approve of Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) job performance than disapprove six months after the revelation of a racist image on his medical school yearbook page prompted calls for his resignation, according to a Roanoke College poll released Monday.
Thirty-seven percent of respondents approved of Northam’s performance compared to 29 percent who disapproved, up slightly from 32 percent approval in February and 28 percent disapproval.
The poll also found President Trump ’s approval ratings at an all-time low in Virginia, where he lost to Hillary Clinton by about five points. Fifty-three percent of Virginians disapproved of Trump compared to 27 percent who approved, according to the poll. The president has lost 11 points since his high-water mark of 38 percent in February.
Researchers with Roanoke’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research conducted interviews between Aug. 11 and Aug. 19 with 556 eligible voters who said it was at least possible they will vote in the state’s November elections. Thirty-eight percent of the interviews involved cellphones. The survey has a 4.2 point margin of error, according to Roanoke College.
The image in Northam’s 1984 yearbook, which depicts a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit, sparked outrage and calls for Northam to step down, which he declined. Shortly after, two women came forward with sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), who would have succeeded Northam had he resigned. Fairfax has denied the allegations.