Perdue’s Job Approval Remains Low

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Less than Half of Own Party Approves

Raleigh, N.C. – The percentage of voters who approve of Gov. Bev Perdue’s job in office remains under 30 percent according to the inaugural Civitas Flash Poll results released today.

According to the poll of 662 registered voters, when asked if they approve or disapprove of the job Perdue is doing as Governor, only 29.1 percent said she was doing a good job. Rounding out the poll, 49.6 percent said they disapproved of her performance so far and 21.3 percent said they had no opinion.

“Perdue continues to struggle to connect with voters,” said Francis De Luca, executive director of the Civitas Institute. “Her approval ratings show that voters are not satisfied with the direction the Governor is setting for the state and are troubled by missteps such as cutting budgets while simultaneously hiring a $136,000 per year communications professional for her office.”

Most troubling for Perdue is that less than half the voters of her own party gave her a thumbs up. Only 43.4 percent of Democrats approved of her performance in office and 34.5 percent disapproved.

“When an elected official can’t even count on their own party as a base of support, it’s apparent that there is deep and widespread discontent with that official’s performance,” added De Luca.

Among Republicans, 13.4 percent said they approved of her performance while 67.8 percent said they disapproved. For the unaffiliated, 24.4 percent said they approved and 51.9 percent said they disapproved.

“Perdue rode into office on Obama’s coattails. Now having to stand on her own, she is struggling to connect with voters,” concluded De Luca.

Full text of question:

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bev Perdue is doing as Governor?
Approve – 29.1%
Disapprove – 49.6%
No opinion – 21.3%

Click here for full results and crosstabs. Click here for further analysis on just how low Perdue’s numbers can go.

The Civitas Flash Poll study of 665 registered voters was conducted September 2-3 by Insider Advantage of Atlanta, Georgia. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percent. Other factors such as weighting may introduce additional error.

This article was posted in Press Releases by efield on September 9, 2009 at 10:42 AM.

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