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Amid Blackface KKK Photo And Infanticide Scandals, 50 Percent Of Democrats Still Support Ralph Northam

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Amid two major national controversies, Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va., has retained most of his support among the state’s Democratic voters, according to a new poll. Fifty percent of Virginia Democrats approved of Northam in a Morning Consult survey conducted Saturday and Sunday, down only 20 percentage points from a poll the firm conducted in January that found him with 70 percent Democratic approval in the state.

The new survey was taken as Northam fought back against a racially-charged yearbook picture released Friday and days of backlash over his defense of late-term abortion. In a widely-circulated interview, Northam went so far as to support cases where babies born in certain circumstances would be left to die after birth. On Friday, Big League Politics published a picture from Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook showing two men, one in blackface and the other in KKK robes. The governor admitted to being in the picture on Friday, then reversed coursein a bizarre mid-day news conference on Saturday.

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Even after the photo prompted calls for his resignation from nearly every high-profile national and state-level Democrat, Morning Consult’s weekend poll of registered voters found Northam maintaining support from half of his party in Virginia. Among all Virginia voters, Northam went from enjoying 48 percent support pre-controversy to 29 percent post-controversy, according to the report. Forty-eight percent of all registered voters now disapprove of Northam, with 23 percent replying “Don’t know/No opinion.”

His support among Independents was halved after the controversy, dropping from 42 percent to 20 percent, though 49 percent still say they approve. Among Republicans, Northam went from 31 percent approval to 15 percent.

As Northam mulls a potential resignation, refusing so far to cede his post, this poll could boost his optimism about weathering the scandals. Though Morning Consult’s headline read “Virginia Voters Quickly Sour on Northam Amid Blackface Scandal,” managing to keep half his party’s support in light of both controversies, and a chorus of calls for his resignation, might just put a spring back in the governor’s step.

It’s worth noting that Northam’s strange press conference, in which he admitted to dressing in blackface as Michael Jackson but changed his story on the yearbook photo, occurred halfway through  Saturday and could have changed the minds of some voters polled earlier in the day or those who had not seen the news.

Morning Consult’s Feb. 2-3 poll surveyed 291 Virginia voters and has six point margin of error. The firm’s January poll was conducted throughout the month and surveyed 4,326 Virginia voters with a one point margin of error.

5 COMMENTS

  1. What is the big deal?? So called people of color dress like white people whats the difference. They also bitch about whites being bigots. Yea sure. One thing that stands out is the colored women using hair straightening products to hide the kinky hair. Or men and women coloring their hair. The beat goes on.

    So there will ALWAYS BE OPPOSITES. EVERYTHING COMES IN 3 THREE. Example can do and will, can’t don’t and won’t make up a few for your self. OH AND REMEMBER YOU ARE BORN YOU LIVE AND YOU DIE. SO SIMPLE WHY ALL THE HATRED AND BITCHING?

  2. IF THIS GUY DOES NOT RESIGN, LET’S RESIGN HIM.
    THIS IS THE MOST GROSS CORRUPTION FROM DEMOCRATS YET. AND YOU THINK ANYONE SHOULD VOTE FOR ANY CORRUPTED DEMOCRAT?.. YOU GOT TO BE CRAZY, STUPID, OR JUST DONT CARE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY. DEMOCRATS HAVE TO BE STOPPED, THEY ARE THE MENACE TO OUR CIVILIZATION. HOW DARE NANCY/SCHUMER OBSTRUCT WHAT IT IS IN PLAIN SIGHT THE NEED TO STOP ALL THESE CARAVANS AND PEOPLE VIOLATING OUR LAWS, WHY HAVE A DEMOCRAT CONGRESS/SENATE?, WHEN THEY DONT CARE WHO COMES IN TO OUR COUNTRY ILLEGAL, BESIDES WHAT ARE THEY FIGHTING FOR??.. WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND THE WALL, BARRIER, FENCE TO BE BUILT AND THAT WILL STOP A GREAT DEAL OF DRUG, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ILLEGAL. IT IS A WIN/WIN SITUATION FOR OUR COUNTRY

  3. Did you ever paint your face for Halloween or for a school play or any other reason??? Was it all in fun like he said he was doing an impersonation of Micheal Jackson for a contest. I do not see racism in that. Al Joelson was one of our most famous comedians and singers for years. All done in black face. When did our skin get so thin that we only see bad in any thing that people do today. Just a year or so ago they tried to use a year book against another person only to find out later that she had added the writing herself to do damage to the person. If that was me I would be calling every person I went to school with and ask them if they have that year book. Things can be altered to do damage when it helps them out.Just remember when you point a finger at him you are pointing three back at yourself. I am a conseraitive but I believe in being fair also. So chill out until they work it out. Still should not cost him his job.

  4. Seems that 50% minimum of DemocRats are racist if they’re okay with white people painting their face black while standing next to a Klu Klux Klan member. No non member would be caught with such a grotesque costume on. It’s as bad as ANTIFA members wearing masks. Nothing but a stinking racist would be caught with an ANTIFA mask on.
    It’s no surprise after Hillary uligized Robert Byrd, a past Grand Cyclops of the Klan that the DemocRat Party has been exposed for what they truly are.

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