Poll: McDonnell popular among Va. women

A new Quinnipiac poll out this week shows Virginia Gov. Robert F McDonnell with strong favorability ratings among demographics in which others in the GOP are lagging.

Forty-eight percent of women in Virginia approve of McDonnell (R), while 26 percent disapprove. McDonnell's approval among African-American voters was 41 percent to disapproval at 32 percent.

"He is the only Republican office-holder in the seven states surveyed by Quinnipiac University who got positive ratings from women, almost 2-1 in this case, and a plus score from black voters," said Peter A. Brown of Quinnipiac's Polling Institute. 

The favorability ratings among women may come as a surprise to those who thought McDonnell's chances to become Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate were hurt earlier this year by controversial abortion legislation in the Virginia State Assembly.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.

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