Virginians are split on governor's fate amid blackface scandal

Poll Questions

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ralph Northam is handling his job as governor of Virginia? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

No opinion

Q: Northam has been governor for about one year. Would you say he has accomplished a great deal during that time, a good amount, not very much, or just a little?

Q: As you may know, this past week there has been news about Northam's yearbook page from medical school in 1984. His page shows photo of a person in blackface next to a person in a white KKK robe with a hood. How much have you seen or heard about this - a lot, some, only a little, or nothing at all?

Q: (ASK IF HEARD AT LEAST A LITTLE) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Northam has responded to the photo's discovery?

No opinion

Q: (ASK IF HEARD AT LEAST A LITTLE) Were you offended by the photo that appeared on Northam’s yearbook page, or were you NOT offended by the photo? (IF OFFENDED) Were you very offended or somewhat offended?

Q: Northam first said that he appeared in the yearbook photo, but the next day he said that after further examination, he was NOT one of the people in the photo. Do you find Northam's explanation believable, or not believable?

No opinion

Q: Northam has apologized to Virginians for the photo appearing on his personal yearbook page. Do you accept his apology, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think the Northam's yearbook photo is (an isolated incident) or is it (a sign of broader racial prejudice in his life)?

Q: Considering everything, do you think Northam should step down as Governor of Virginia, or not?

No opinion

Q: If Northam stays in office, do you think it is possible for him to be an effective governor for the remainder of his term, or not?

No opinion

Q: Separately, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted that he wore blackface and dressed as a rapper at a party in 1980, when he was in college. Herring apologized and called his actions insensitive. Do you think Herring should step down as Attorney General, or not?

No opinion

Q: To the best of your knowledge, have you or someone you know personally ever worn blackface, or not?

No opinion

Q: As you may know, Virginia was a slave state and fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and Virginia's leaders resisted integration of white and black schools in the 1960s. Do you think Virginia's elected leaders have or have not done enough to address the history of racial discrimination against blacks in Virginia?

No opinion

Q: If Northam steps down, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax would become governor. How much confidence, if at all, do you have that Fairfax would govern effectively - a great deal of confidence, a good amount, just some, or none at all?

Q: Fairfax would be the second African American to become governor of Virginia. Do you think Fairfax becoming governor would or would not help in healing racial divisions in Virginia?

No opinion

Q: As you may know, on Monday Fairfax denied an allegation of sexual assault in 2004 which appeared on a conservative website. Fairfax says the encounter was consensual. How much have you seen or heard about this - a lot, some, only a little, or nothing at all?

Q: Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with Fairfax's response to the allegation, or don't you know enough to say?

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a...