Ralph Northam’s excellent timing (Opinion Column, Washington Post)

By Stephen J. Farnsworth and Jeremy R. Engel

Nearly a year after his nine-point electoral victory, Virginia’s Democratic governor remains very popular.

A new statewide survey conducted for the University of Mary Washington by SSRS, a national research firm, revealed that 55 percent of Virginians approved of Ralph Northam’s performance as governor, with 24 percent disapproving. That net job approval rating of 31 points is far above the comparable rating of 13 for former governor Terry McAuliffe (D), who garnered 44 percent positive and 31 percent negative assessments in October 2014, a year into his term.

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