New Poll: Virginians divided on Trump, Confederate statues


According to a new poll from Christopher Newport University, the "Trump Effect" and Confederate monuments can affect the upcoming election for Virginia's governor.

The Wason Center surveyed 776 voters, and found a "significant" segment say Trump is a factor in their vote for governor.

According to the poll, Trump's approval rating in the Old Dominion stands at 35 percent overall.

The poll shows 96 percent of perspective Northam voters disapprove of the president's performance while only 16 percent of Gillespie voters disapprove.

Nearly half of those polled say their vote is a way to send a message to President Trump and Republicans in Congress.

"Disapproval of Trump and Congress is clearly motivating Northam's voters," said Rachel Bitecofer, assistant director of the Wason Center. "Gillespie voters mostly support Trump, but they'd rather keep him out of the picture here."

According to the poll, 54 percent of voters say they oppose removing Confederate statues and monuments from public spaces.

The poll shows 62 percent of Democrats support the removal, while 83 percent of Republicans want the monuments to stay.

"It's clear this is a more complicated issue for Northam than for Gillespie," said Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center. "Gillespie appears to have a Donald Trump problem, but Northam may have a Robert E. Lee problem."

Just over 4 in 10 of voters say things in Virginia are moving in the right direction, the poll shows.

The survey's margin of error is +/- 3.7% at the 95 percent level of confidence. Likely voters are registered voters with a history of voting in recent statewide elections, who also say they definitely or probably will vote in the November 7 election.