Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was recently caught in a heap of controversies, resulting in top politicians and organizations calling for his resignation. However, the governor stood firm and refused to resign, causing his approval ratings to drop like flies.
The Democratic governor was first surrounded by criticism over his comments refusing to condemn late-term abortion. The controversy that followed involved his 1984 medical school yearbook page which revealed a photo of one person in blackface and another person dressed in Ku Klux Klan costume — he said the picture was not of him after first apologizing for it.
Even after he admitted he wore blackface to a party in the 1980s, Northam vowed he wouldn’t resign amid the controversy.
In a Virginia Center for Politics/Ipsos poll, the Democrat’s approval rating drastically dropped.
According to the poll, among those surveyed, 17 percent approve of Northam’s job performance, while 34 percent disapproved, and 44 percent neither approved nor disapproved.
Northam was deemed the “most popular of the first-termers” in a poll conducted Jan. 1 through March 31, 2018, with 44 percent of approval from Virginians, according to Morning Consultant.
Even with his approval rating dipping, 31 percent of Virginians said Northam should resign, with 43 percent saying he should not resign. Additionally, 21 percent said Northam should be impeached.
Two other top Virginia Democrats, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring, are also entangled in their own controversies.
As IJR News reported, Fairfax found himself in a scandal of his own when he was accused of two sexual assaults, which he denied and labeled as a “coordinated smear campaign.”
“I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide,” Fairfax wrote in a statement, denying the accusations. “I will not resign.”
The Virginia Center for Politics/Ipsos poll found 35 percent of Virginians believe Fairfax should resign — 8 percent of black respondents said Fairfax should resign, compared to 39 percent of white respondents calling for his resignation.
Herring, the third in line for governor, admitted in the midst of the other controversies that he wore blackface when he was young and he and a friend “dressed like rappers” and used “brown makeup,” as IJR Red noted — explaining the move has “haunted” him over the years.
The poll found 19 percent of those surveyed believe Herring should resign and 14 percent favored his impeachment.
As top Democrats joined together in calling for the resignation of Northam and Fairfax, President Donald Trump recently held the idea that the controversies will help Republicans in the 2020 presidential election, claiming it will win over Black American voters, as IJR Red reported.