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Morning Read: McDonnell Approval Rating Hits A Low

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    Gov. Bob McDonnell’s approval rating has reached its lowest point in two years, dropping just below 50 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Forty-nine percent of respondents approved of his job in office, while 28 percent disapproved.

    The results come as the governor receives increased scrutiny over his relationship with beleaguered businessman Jonnie Williams Sr, who paid the $15,000 catering bill at McDonnell daughter's wedding in 2011. But the poll showed that voters believe -- 44 to 12 percent -- that questions about Gov. McDonnell's ties to a campaign donor are "just politics" rather than a "major issue."

    The poll also found that most Virginia voters don’t really know much about the scandal.

    "The relationship between Gov. Bob McDonnell and businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. has been a major story in the news media, but seems so far to have little impact on voters' views of the governor, which remain relatively positive," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "That could change depending on developments, but at this point many more voters see the matter as 'just politics' than as a major issue. The governor retains a favorable view in the eyes of Virginia voters."

    There’s good reason to take these results with a grain of salt. A recent NBC poll showed the governor’s approval rating on the up, with a 61 percent approval rating among registered voters.


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