Civitas Poll: Perdue Less Popular Than Easley

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Current Governor with Higher Unfavorable Rating

Raleigh, N.C. – With the State Board of Elections set to convene history-making hearings into the campaign finances of former Governor Mike Easley, a new poll released shows current Governor Bev Perdue is thought of more unfavorably than Easley by the voters of North Carolina.

When asked if they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Bev Perdue and Mike Easley, the live caller survey of 600 likely voters revealed that 47.5 percent of voters had an unfavorable opinion of former Governor Easley, but 49.8 percent of voters held a similar opinion of the current governor.  Perdue does have higher favorable opinions the poll revealed, with 37.2 percent of voters giving her a favorable opinion while only 29.7 percent did for Easley.

“Despite all the controversy surrounding the former governor, the voters of North Carolina are more upset about the current economic conditions and the loss of jobs in the state – issues they lay at the foot of Governor Perdue,” said Civitas Institute executive director Francis De Luca.

Voters specifically singled out Perdue’s signing of a budget that cut education funding and raised taxes as a significant factor in her unpopularity.

“It shows the level of voter dissatisfaction with the current administration and its policies,that Perdue would be viewed more unfavorably than a politician under state and federal investigation,” 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, October 25 at the Clarion Hotel in downtown Raleigh.  For more polling information on Civitas polling see

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.    

“Bev Perdue”
Very Favorable – 15.0%
Somewhat Favorable – 22.2%
Somewhat Unfavorable – 17.8%
Very Unfavorable – 32.0%
NO OPINION – 11.3%

“Mike Easley”
Very Favorable – 12.3%
Somewhat Favorable – 17.3%
Somewhat Unfavorable – 11.7%
Very Unfavorable – 35.8%
NO OPINION – 20.7%

This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted October 20-21, 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.


This article was posted in Press Releases by efield on October 26, 2009 at 10:26 AM.

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