Ralph Northam’s reputation has taken a hit since that whole blackface-KKK photo bombshell dropped, but some new polling suggests that not everyone is ready to bail on him just yet:
?NEW VIRGINIA POLLING?@GovernorVA's net approval dropped 41 points among Virginia voters in two days following the emergence of the blackface controversy:
–38 points among Dems
–47 points among independents #VALeg #VAGov
— Eli Yokley (@eyokley) February 4, 2019
It’s important to note that the “post-controversy” effect was measured by polling 291 Virginia voters and comparing those results to a survey last month of 4,326 Virginia voters. Morning Consult also notes that the margin of error is six percent. But still. Notice anything?
Er… 50 percent approval among Democrats AFTER the controversy broke? https://t.co/IX2GUtCfVg
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) February 4, 2019
50% of Democrats surveyed still approve of Ralph Northam. https://t.co/gilLQhg7ru
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 4, 2019
Half of Democrats still approve of Northam. Wut https://t.co/WHhRAFMcjQ
— Election Maps Co. (@ElectionMapsCo) February 4, 2019
Seems noteworthy, no?
But I just read in the New York Times Democrats aren't like that. Unpossible! https://t.co/CJb02YJQcY
— Nathan, son of Robert (@NathanWurtzel) February 4, 2019
Well, maybe they’re willing to overlook some of Northam’s flaws as long as he’s willing to advance their agenda.
There were two controversies, but the first seems to have been almost completely eclipsed by the second.
— CG's Geometry PitchBot (@cg_shadow) February 4, 2019
Did any Democrats who soured on Northam do so because of his infanticide remarks? Or was it solely after the racist photo emerged?
Hard to measure but I wonder how much of this drop can also be attributed to Northam’s comments on the third-trimester abortion bill on January 30. https://t.co/tVZ1baXtsz
— Mike Warren (@MichaelRWarren) February 4, 2019
We’re curious as well. But one thing’s for sure: The idea that Northam could still enjoy the support of 50 percent of Virginia Democrats after the week he’s had doesn’t speak terribly well of Democratic priorities.
50% of Democrats still approve of Ralph Northam endorsing infanticide and admitting to blackface…
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 4, 2019
50 (!!!) percent of Democrats still support Northam after the photo scandal.
Remember this next time they feign outrage over Republicans not being quick enough to denounce bad people on their side https://t.co/cJmoQ9rqVF
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) February 4, 2019