February 22, 2022 News & Press Releases

What Virginians Are Seeing: New Poll Shows Virginians Disapprove of Governor Youngkin and Strongly Reject His Far-Right Agenda

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Richmond, VA — Yesterday, the Wason Center, an “A”-rated pollster, released a poll showing a majority of Virginians strongly disapprove of the far-right agenda of Governor Youngkin.

Only a few weeks into his administration, Governor Youngkin is the first Virginia Governor to have a poll with a majority of disapproval rating within his first couple of months in office. . The poll shows a majority of Virginians (43%) disapprove of Governor Youngkin, showing a steady decline since the results on Election Day.


Washington Post: Poll finds Youngkin underwater with Virginia voters, who veer to his left on major issues

By Gregory Schneider

RICHMOND — Virginia voters disagree with Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) on several major issues and are slightly more negative than positive about his performance after a month in office, according to a poll from the Wason Center for Civic Leadership at Christopher Newport University.

Forty-one percent of voters say they approve of the job Youngkin is doing compared with 43 percent who disapprove, with 16 percent saying they don’t know how they feel, the poll found. While the numbers are heavily partisan — Republicans are almost universally positive and Democrats sharply negative — Youngkin’s overall approval “is certainly lower than those of recent governors in Wason Center polling early in their term,” center academic director Quentin Kidd said in a news release.


Democrats in the General Assembly pounced on the results Monday to charge that Youngkin is out of touch with Virginia voters, who elected him last fall by a slim two-point margin.

“The honeymoon is over,” Del. Don L. Scott Jr. (D-Portsmouth) said Monday in a blistering speech on the House floor that referred to Youngkin’s negative approval rating in the poll. “It’s hard to be this bad, this fast. … He’s too extreme, too divisive.”

13 News Now: Poll: Most Virginia voters oppose Critical Race Theory ban, other Youngkin-backed policies

By Evan Watson

NORFOLK, Va. — A new poll from Christopher Newport University's Wason Center for Civic Leadership shows a disconnect between voters’ preferences and actions in the General Assembly, including some of Gov. Glenn Youngkin's priorities and supported policies.

The poll shows most Virginia voters disagree with Youngkin's views on Critical Race Theory, environmental policies and vaccine mandates, but they agree with his call for a grocery tax repeal.


Most voters disagreed with Youngkin's positions on Critical Race Theory.

About 63% of voters support teaching how racism continues to impact American society, with 57% opposing a ban on Critical Race Theory.

About a third of voters surveyed took opposite stances.

"It appears that a majority do not support banning those teachings, and of course acknowledging that it’s not really a subject that’s taught in K-12 schools," Bromley-Trujillo said.

3 WTKR: New CNU poll shows mixed approval for Gov. Youngkin

A poll done by Christopher Newport University is shedding new light on Governor Youngkin's approval rate.

The CNU poll found that Youngkin’s job approval is mixed, with 41% saying they approve of the job the governor is doing and 43% indicating disapproval; 16% say they don’t know.

Virginians were also asked about other issues and data showed voters support teaching how racism continues to impact American society (63% to 33%) and oppose a ban on the teaching of Critical Race Theory in public schools (57% to 35%).

On masks in schools, voters said health data should be used to determine mask requirements (56%) versus leaving the decision to parents (41%).

CNU said the poll was based on 701 interviews of registered Virginia voters and it was conducted January 26 – February 15, after his first few weeks in office.

WFXR: State of Commonwealth: Most Virginians oppose CRT ban, support police officers in schools, CNU poll says

By Brian Reese

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — New polling shows most Virginians support teaching how racism continues to impact American society today and oppose bans on critical race theory, particularly Black Virginians.

That topic was one of many Christopher Newport University’s (CNU) Wason Center asked Virginians about in their new “State of the Commonwealth” report, which also asked about COVID vaccine and mask requirements, an effort to put police officers in every K-12 school, proposed abortion restrictions, and tax cut proposals from Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

Approximately 57 percent oppose/strongly oppose Youngkin’s moves to ban the teaching of critical race theory (CRT), with 33 percent supporting/strongly supporting a ban. The college-level study on systemic racism isn’t specifically taught in Virginia schools, but “CRT” has been adapted as a catch-all term in a broad effort to push back against the teaching of race in America and other discussions sparked after the police murder of George Floyd.

VPM: New poll finds Virginia voters mixed on Gov. Youngkin’s tax proposals

By, Patrick Larsen and Sara McCloskey

A new poll of registered Virginia voters finds the electorate is mixed on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s approach to taxes.  

The Wason Center for Civic Leadership at Christopher Newport University surveyed more than 700 registered voters for its State of the Commonwealth 2022 report, which was released on Monday. Respondents were asked questions on a range of Youngkin’s proposals, including his plans to leave the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as well as who should be required to follow pandemic-related state mandates. 


When it comes to Virginia’s multi-billion-dollar surplus, voters seem to disagree with the governor, who is pushing to double the standard deduction to lower individual tax burdens. 

Almost 60% of those polled said they want to see the surplus money spent on underfunded programs, such as education, public safety, and social services, rather than cutting taxes. 

Youngkin is the first Republican governor elected in Virginia in nearly a decade.  

NBC 29: Virginia voters weigh in on gas tax, vaccines in newest Wason Center poll

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVIR) - A new poll from the Wason Center at Christopher Newport University finds a majority of Virginia voters support cutting the 2.5% gas tax.

According to the poll, 59% of voters prefer spending the state budget surplus on education, public safety, and social services instead of returning it to taxpayers.

A majority of those polled also said they support COVID-19 vaccine mandates for first responders, teachers, and medical providers but not students.

CBS19: Wason Center poll shows what Virginians think about certain hot button topics

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (CBS19 News) -- A new poll shows what Virginians think about certain hot button issues.

According to the Wason Center for Civic Leadership at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, a majority of Virginia voters support spending the state surplus on education and public safety, instead of providing tax cuts, 59 percent to 38 percent.

When it comes to Critical Race Theory, a majority of voters oppose a ban on the teaching of Critical Race Theory, 57 percent to 35 percent.

On the issue of a police presence in schools, voters strongly support stationing a police officer in every school.

There are several other topics included in the poll such as the grocery tax, masks and COVID-19 vaccine mandates, abortion, and environment and energy.