The political newcomer ran an extremely successful campaign to become the first Republican governor of the state since 2009. He now enjoys broad bipartisan support as he largely stays out of national politics to focus on local issues.
According to The Hill:
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has a 49 percent approval among his constituents just a few months into his first year as governor, new polling shows.
Respondents generally approved of Youngkin’s actions on specific fronts, though Republicans sided with the governor at higher rates on select issues than Democrats.
For a proposal to eliminate the gas tax in the state, 69 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Democrats supported such a measure. For a proposed cut to the state grocery tax, 79 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats said they supported such a cut. About 62 percent of Republicans, compared with 57 percent of Democrats, support a new law permitting privately run, publicly funded laboratory schools.
In contrast, 94 percent of Democrats support Youngkin’s work to fund historically Black colleges and universities, compared with 69 percent of Republicans.
Youngkin flipped Virginia red when he beat former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in the state’s 2021 gubernatorial race. He took office in January to serve a four-year term.
The governor has already responded to calls for a 2024 presidential bid, saying he’s “hugely humbled” but not yet considering making the jump.