Gov. Robert F. McDonnell remains popular with Virginia voters, who nevertheless rebuffed the GOP presidential and U.S. Senate candidates he campaigned for, a new poll finds.


Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R)

That makes McDonnell one of the most popular governors among the seven states Quinnipiac surveyed — and the only Republican among the seven to get positive ratings from women and black voters.

(Quinnipiac did separate polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and Ohio.)

“As Gov. Bob McDonnell enters his final year in office, he remains one of the nation’s more popular chief state executives,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a written statement.

McDonnell’s approval rating was in similar territory in Quinnipiac polls conducted in July, June and March. But it has dropped significantly since October 2011, when Quinnipiac found 62 percent approved of McDonnell’s job performance and 22 percent disapproved.

Since that high 13 months ago, McDonnell endured a bruising General Assembly session and campaigned vigorously for presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and Senate hopeful George Allen (R), both of whom lost.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,469 registered voters on land and cell lines Nov. 8-13. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.