(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Limited Support For Resignations

No Majority Support For Any Of Three To Step Down

February 20, 2019 - 1:59 pm

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - A New UVA Center for Politics/Ipsos Poll shows no real strong support for any of Virginia's three statewide leaders to resign.  Each of the three is facing controversy:  Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring for wearing blackface, and Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax faces allegations of sexual assault.

The poll, conducted between February 15th and 19th, did find a plurality supports Fairfax' resignation at 35%. But 34% said they weren't sure, and 25% did not want him to resign.   In regards to Northam, 31% felt he should resign, but 43% said he should stay.  Fewer than 20% asked for Herring's resignation.

The poll also asked about impeachment, with 21% saying Northam should be impeached, 28% saying Fairfax should be impeached, and 14% saying Herring should be impeached.

UVA's Kyle Kondik says he believes the lack of support for Northam's resignation or impeachment can be tied to Fairfax's issues, as Fairfax would replace Northam if he left office.

The poll also found only 17% of respondents approve of the job the Governor is doing.