Bob McDonnell, Virginia abortion regulations popular in Va.

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Virginia's new law requiring abortion clinics to meet hospital standards is one of the most stringent in the nation, and could potentially shutter most of the commonwealth's clinics. The law is being sharply criticized by liberals and left-leaning media, but Virginians? They love it — even those who know nothing about it!

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According to a Quinnipiac poll, residents approve of the law by a 55-22 margin, with 20 percent undecided. The approval spans partisan lines, as Democrats are in support, too, by a 47-34 margin. But is there a catch? Of course there is. The AP reports:

However, only one-fourth of those surveyed had read or heard of the new regulations. Pollsters included a lengthy explanation as part of a 91-word question. Among respondents who already knew about the issue, 51 percent supported the change and 41 percent did not.

And yet, 50 percent of those polled said abortion should be legal, versus 41 percent who want it outlawed. Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, put it best: "Opponents apparently have been unable to convince the electorate that this is an unwarranted backdoor way to stop abortions."

Make no mistake; that's exactly what this is. But many Virginians adore McDonnell — his approval rating in the same poll hit a new high of 61 percent — and seem willing to trust him on anything. It's starting to get a little creepy.

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