President’s approval rating drops in Virginia

Posted at 7:56 AM, Sep 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-19 07:56:52-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – President Obama has reached a two-year low in his approval rating in the Commonwealth, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

Virginia voters disapprove of Obama’s job 52 percent to 44 percent. Just last August, Virginians were split on Obama at 48 percent.

His lowest approval rating in the state dates back to a 42 percent rating in December 2011.

Obama’s handling of the crisis in Syria may be partially to blame. Only 38 percent of those polled approve of the president’s handling of the crisis, 54 percent disapprove.

A majority of Virginia voters oppose the use of using cruise missiles in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Whether Virginians live in a military household or not, 63 percent disapprove of such action.

Meanwhile in the race to succeed President Obama, former Secretary of State and Democrat Hillary Clinton is in a statistical tie with Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

The poll continues to say Clinton leads Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky 49-40 percent.

Meanwhile, Gov. Christie and Senator Paul could beat Vice President Joe Biden 47 – 35 percent and 43 -42 percent respectively, according to the poll.

Here in Virginia, despite an on-going investigation into the relationship between Governor Bob McDonnell and Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams Sr., McDonnell’s approval rating has not changed much and remains at 46 percent compared to 47 percent in August.