While Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) now faces serious potential criminal charges for an alleged 2000 rape in North Carolina, two polls were conducted testing whether respondents believe that Gov. Ralph Northam (D) should resign over his past racial antics.
The Washington Post-Schar Poll and the Democratic survey research firm Civiqs, polling for the liberal Daily Kos Elections website, arrived at very different results. The Post’s survey (2/6-8; 706 VA residents) found the state split as to whether Gov. Northam should resign. According to this data, 47% believes he should step down while another 47% says Mr. Northam should remain in office.
But, the Civiqs results (2/5-8; 868 VA registered voters) see a much different sentiment. According to this study, by a whopping 60-24%, the electorate says he should resign.
Though the polls were conducted over the same time period, the Post’s survey includes all adults while Civiqs segmented only registered voters. At this point, Mr. Northam says he will not resign and the flap involving Lt. Gov. Fairfax makes it more likely that the Governor will hold his position.
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