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The poll, which had a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points, also showed that 57 percent of those surveyed say they’re optimistic about the next four years with Mr. McAuliffe serving as the state’s chief executive.

Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, called Mr. McAuliffe’s initial reviews “good, but not great.”

“Virginians are optimistic about the future under their new governor, and a majority is satisfied with the way things are going in their state, better than the voter outlook in some other parts of the country,” he said.