Raleigh, N.C. – A new poll released today by the Civitas Institute indicates that a majority of voters in North Carolina have a favorable opinion of President Barack Obama personally despite disapproving of many of his administration’s policy proposals.
According to the live caller poll of 600 voters, 59.7 percent had a favorable opinion of President Barack Obama. 29.2 percent of voters had an unfavorable opinion. 11.2 percent offered no opinion.
“Voters overall have a favorable opinion of the President,” said Francis De Luca, Executive Director of the Civitas Institute. “However, his favorability numbers continue to slide downward every month.”
In the March Civitas Poll, Barack Obama held a 64-24 favorable/unfavorable rating.
Despite his high personal favorability ratings, voter support for Obama’s specific policy proposals garner much more negative reactions.
55 percent of voters are less likely to approve of Obama’s job performance when asked about his mortgage bailout plan. Likewise, half of voters (50 percent) have negative reaction to a proposed “Cap and Trade” tax to fight global warming.
“While voters may like Obama personally and give him a high favorability rating, they do not like many of his policy proposals,” added De Luca. “If he continues to push unpopular proposals like Cap and Trade and high federal deficits, his favorability numbers will suffer.”
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues and policies facing North Carolina.
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.
Very Favorable – 41.3%
Somewhat Favorable – 18.3%
TOTAL FAVORABLE – 59.7%
Somewhat Unfavorable – 10%
Very Unfavorable – 19.2%
TOTAL UNFAVORABLE – 29.2%
NO OPINION – 11.2%
If you knew each of the following statements were true, would each make you more likely or less likely to approve of the way President Barack Obama is handling his job.
"Barack Obama’s mortgage bailout plan requires people who are paying their mortgages to also pay the mortgages of people who lost their jobs, overspent or lied about their income and now cannot afford to pay their own mortgage"
Much More Likely – 6.8%
Somewhat More Likely – 8.8%
Somewhat Less Likely – 23.0%
Much Less Likely – 32.2%
No Difference – 19.2%
No Opinion – 10%
"Barack Obama’s cap & trade taxes, which are meant to fight global warming, will add another $830 dollars a year in fees and added expenses to the average North Carolina household"
Much More Likely – 8.0%
Somewhat More Likely – 10.0%
Somewhat Less Likely – 16.8%
Much Less Likely – 33.5%
No Difference – 19.2%
No Opinion – 12.5%
The poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted April 21-23, 2009 by McLaughlin and Associates of Alexandria, Virginia. All interviews were conducted via telephone by professional interviewers.
Interview selection was random within predetermined geographic units. These units were structured to correlate with actual voter distributions in a statewide general election. The poll of 600 likely general election voters has an accuracy of +/- 4.0% at a 95% confidence interval.