Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to take hits over gifts to his family from a businessman whose company is fighting a $1.8 million tax bill from the state, but Virginians still think he’s doing a good job, the latest Quinnipiac University poll shows.
Asked if McDonnell is honest and trustworthy, 42 percent of Virginia voters say yes and 41 percent say no, compared to a survey last month when the split was 44 percent to 36 percent.
Voters still approve of McDonnell’s job performance, by a 47 percent to- 39 percent margin.
Asked if their views of him are favorable, 34 percent say yes and 35 percent say no.
“Virginia voters are not giving Gov. Bob McDonnell a ringing vote of confidence for his honesty and integrity,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“The fact that he gets a thumbs up for his job performance but a split on favorability indicates that to some degree voters seem able to separate their views of him personally and their evaluation of his ability to run the state,” Brown said. “But as the questions about his and his family’s relationship with a prominent campaign donor continue to swirl he will have a difficult time pushing his numbers up.”