Hagan Lags Under 50 Percent
Raleigh, N.C. – Based on a new Civitas Institute poll released today, early indications reveal that voters remain favorably supportive of what President Barack Obama and Gov. Bev Perdue have accomplished so far in office. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, however, does not receive the same amount of support as her counterparts.
According to the live caller poll of 600 voters, 64 percent of respondents held a favorable opinion of Obama and 58 percent held a favorable opinion of Perdue. However, only 47 percent of respondents said they had a favorable opinion of newly-elected Sen. Hagan.
“It appears everyone except for Hagan is still enjoying a honeymoon with North Carolina voters,” said Civitas Institute Executive Director Francis De Luca. “Despite criticism of the stimulus plan, Obama still remains quite popular in our state.”
When opinions of these elected officials are broken down among respondent’s political affiliation, the percentages varied accordingly:
Democratic voters: 84 percent viewed Obama favorably, followed by 71 percent for Perdue and 56 percent for Hagan;
Republican voters: 37 percent viewed the President favorably, followed by 40 percent for the Governor and 32 percent for the Senator
Unaffiliated voters: 67 percent rated Obama favorably followed by 54 percent for Perdue and 51 percent for Hagan.
“Each person’s popularity in N.C. is holding up with core constituencies and unaffiliated voters, while opposition party voters seem more likely to be critical at this early stage,” De Luca said. “It is significant to point out that three months into their terms, a large percentage of voters still have no opinion of their leaders.”
Full text of questions:
"I am now going to read you a list of names. After I read each name, please tell me if you have heard of that person, and then if you have, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person."
“Opinion of Barack Obama?”
Very Favorable- 42%
Somewhat Favorable- 22%
Somewhat Unfavorable- 13%
Very Unfavorable- 11%
No Opinion- 12%
“Opinion of Kay Hagan?”
Very Favorable- 17%
Somewhat Favorable- 30%
Somewhat Unfavorable- 12%
Very Unfavorable- 10%
No Opinion- 25%
Not Aware- 6%
“Opinion of Bev Perdue?”
Very Favorable- 22%
Somewhat Favorable- 36%
Somewhat Unfavorable- 12%
Very Unfavorable- 8%
No Opinion- 20%
Not Aware- 3%
Click here for full results and crosstabs.
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 Mar.16 to 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.