Raleigh, N.C. – President Barack Obama’s popularity among North Carolina voters remained under 50 percent for the second month in a row according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 48 percent of North Carolina voters had a favorable opinion of President Obama while 38 percent view him unfavorably. Another 14 percent had no opinion.
“The sky high popularity President Obama enjoyed early in his term has come back down to Earth,” said Civitas Institute Executive Director Francis De Luca. “One of the driving forces in much of this is the unpopular health care reform proposal he is pushing.”
When Civitas first polled voters’ opinion on President Obama in March, he was seen favorably by a 64 percent to 24 percent margin.
69 percent of Democrats, 54 percent of unaffiliateds and 17 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Obama this month. In March, 84 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of unaffiliateds and 27 percent of Republicans held favorable opinions.
Meanwhile, 20 percent of Democrats, 26 percent of Unaffiliateds and 68 percent of Republicans have unfavorable opinions of Obama compared with 9 percent, 24 percent and 42 percent, respectively from March.
“Obama has seen his popularity wane and his negatives rise across the board. It’s not just Republicans who are losing favor with the President. The more the public has learned about his agenda and are able to separate that from his personal charisma, the more negative his ratings have become,” added De Luca.
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. Full results of the poll will be revealed at the Civitas Institute’s monthly poll luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Brownstone Hotel in downtown Raleigh. For more polling information on Civitas polling see www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.
Full text of questions:
Now, I am going to read you a list of names. Will you please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of each person? If you have no opinion or have never heard of the person, just say so.
Favorable – 48%
Unfavorable – 38%
No Opinion – 14%
This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted Dec 1-3, 2009 by Tel Opinion Research of Arlington, Virginia. 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.