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McDonnell Approval Numbers Slip Amidst Scandal

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Governor Bob McDonnell sees lowest approval numbers yet. Governor Bob McDonnell sees lowest approval numbers yet.

Two new Virginia polls out this week show the gifts scandal surrounding Virginia's first family are taking their toll on the governor's popularity. Both show Bob McDonnell's approval rating has hit an all-time low, and suggest he could be a liability for the GOP in November.

According to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University, 46 percent of Virginians approve of the job Bob McDonnell is doing as governor. That's down from a 53 percent approval rating in March.

Another poll released by Public Policy Polling this week shows similar results, reporting an even lower approval rating of 36 percent.

This is the latest bad news for McDonnell, who has been dogged for months by allegations that he accepted lavish gifts from a wealthy campaign donor - Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams - and never reported them. Virginia's gift disclosure laws require all public office holders to report gifts of more than $50, but there is no limit on gifts.

A McDonnell spokeswoman tells NBC29, "Star Scientific and Jonnie Williams have not received any board appointments, economic development grants, targeted tax incentives or government contracts during this administration. The governor has been diligent over the years in making his financial disclosures."

Despite the governor's approval rating slip, a small number of Virginians are calling on the governor to resign - just 16 percent according to Quinnipiac. 

But the scandal could come back to bite the Republican party in November. Almost a third of respondents poll by Public Policy Polling said they would be less likely to support a candidate for office backed by McDonnell.

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