Sixty percent of those surveyed by Virginia Commonwealth University rated Warner's performance as good or excellent.
Forty percent rated it fair or poor. The numbers are based on telephone interviews with 636 randomly selected Virginians.
A local political analyst says Warner's approval is high because he did a fairly good job getting the state through the budget crisis.
"The governor has a lot to do with reaching a deal with the legislature and Gilmore didn't and Warner was able to. so it showed that he was able to work with the legislature, get things done, make compromises, and in a sense solve the problem," says Dr. Bob Roberts.
The survey is the first independent measure of Warner's performance since he took office on Jan. 12.