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Virginia Voters Are Split on Whether Northam, Fairfax Should Resign

Despite admitting he did essentially the same thing as Northam, voters are less keen on Attorney General Mark Herring resigning

By NTK Staff | 02.20.2019 @10:30am
Virginia Voters Are Split on Whether Northam, Fairfax Should Resign

Virginia voters are roughly split in half on whether Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA), who held a press conference earlier this month to address the controversy surrounding him admitting to wearing blackface, should resign from office.

According to a Quinnipiac poll, 48 percent say Northam should not resign, while 42 percent think he should.

Meanwhile, voters are split evenly, 36-36, over whether Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA) should resign. Fairfax is credibly accused of sexual assault by multiple women. Fairfax denies the allegations.

The top-ranking Virginia official whose scandal got the least media attention, Attorney General Mark Herring, who also admitted to wearing blackface in the past, fares the best among the electorate. Just 22 percent say Herring should resign, versus the 54 percent who say he should not.

While no majorities support impeaching any of these Democrats, Fairfax’s numbers are by far the worst:

Only 12 percent of Virginia voters believe Lt. Gov. Fairfax’s denial of accusations of sexual assault, while 37 percent believe his two accusers, with 51 percent undecided.

Fairfax gets a negative 11 – 36 percent favorability rating.

NTK Network published previously undisclosed email conversations among top tax officials in the state on Tuesday. Virginia’s tax commissioner and chief economist appeared to be mocking Northam’s press conference in which he addressed the controversial yearbook photo.

“I think it’s more humiliating to try what he’s tried rather than leave,” one of the officials wrote.

The poll, conducted from Feb. 14-18, has a margin of error of +/-4.2 percentage points.

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