Congressional approval 39 percent, Sen. Hagan 41 percent
Raleigh, N.C. – U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D) begins her second month in the Senate with more voters unsure of what they think about her job performance than those who approve of it, according to the latest Civitas Institute poll results released today.
According to the live caller poll of 600 voters, 12 percent of voters in North Carolina strongly approve of Hagan’s job performance, followed by 29 percent of voters who somewhat approve. Forty-three percent of respondents polled were not sure of her job performance, nine percent strongly disapproved of it and seven percent said they somewhat disapproved. Her net approval rating is 41 to 16 or +25.
The voter-disapproval rating of the job Congress is doing outweighs the voter-approval rating: 10 percent strongly approve; 30 percent somewhat approve; 21 percent somewhat disapproved; and 25 percent strongly disapproved. Fifteen percent of voters said they were not sure, giving Congress a net approval rating of 40 to 46 or -6.
“Sen. Hagan’s approval rating, while slightly better than Congress, is not showing the same initial enthusiasm as that of President Obama or Gov. Perdue,” said Francis De Luca, executive director of the Civitas Institute. “Her support is very soft and barely higher than the quite low approval rating given to Congress.”
Based on party lines, voters who had no opinion of Hagan’s job performance so far is 37 percent of Democrats, 49 percent of Republicans and 48 percent of unaffiliated voters had no opinion of her performance so far.
“Over the next few months Sen. Hagan will have to cast controversial votes. As she does, the voters will be more able to gauge her performance in office and decide whether she is representing the values of North Carolina voters,” said De Luca.
Full text of questions:
“Do you approve or disapprove of the job Kay Hagan is doing as U.S. Senator?”
Strongly Approve- 12%
Somewhat Approve- 29%
Somewhat Disapprove- 7%
Strongly Disapprove- 9%
Not Sure- 43%
“Do you approve or disapprove of the job Congress is doing?”
Strongly Approve- 10%
Somewhat Approve- 30%
Somewhat Disapprove- 21%
Strongly Disapprove- 25%
Not Sure- 15%
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues and policies facing North Carolina.
The study of 600 registered voters was conducted Feb.16-19, 2009. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters we interviewed had to have voted in either the 2004, 2006 or 2008 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2008.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in either the 2004, 2006 or 2008 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2008.
If you would like more information regarding this topic or to schedule an interview with Chris Hayes, please contact Gabe Dellinger at 919.747.8065 or Gabe.Dellinger@nccivitas.org.