Raleigh, N.C. – The percentage of Democratic voters with a favorable opinion of Democratic Gov. Perdue dropped 15 percent from 55 to 40 percent since June, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 40 percent of Democratic voters now have a favorable opinion of Perdue while 28 percent view her unfavorably. Meanwhile, the majority of Republicans continue to hold an unfavorable view of Perdue (23 percent-51 percent). Unaffiliated voters’ opinions are split at a 36-36 percent margin of favorability.
“As we saw last year, it seems that whenever Perdue signs the state budget, her numbers take a hit, especially with the members of her base Democratic voters,” said Civitas Institute Senior Legislative Analyst Chris Hayes. “The scandals within the Highway Patrol seem to be taking their toll on her favorable ratings as well.”
The percentage of voters having a favorable opinion of Perdue decreased from 37 to 33 percent since June. Those viewing her favorably also decreased from 41 to 37 percent, and 24 percent of voters said they had no opinion. Perdue’s net favorability rating remained at -4 from last month.
Those viewing President Obama favorably remained at 46 percent of voters as those with an unfavorable opinion increased to 43 percent for a net favorability +3. Eleven percent of voters said they have no opinion.
Furthermore, Democrats remain overall favorable to the President, although their support slightly waned by four percent over the last month to 71 percent favorable-21 percent favorable. Republican voter disapproval remained the same (14 percent favorable-74 percent unfavorable), while 46 percent of unaffiliated voters hold a favorable opinion of Obama and 42 percent view him unfavorably.
“Obama’s numbers remain static as voters seem unimpressed with his handling of recent events such as the oil spill,” added Hayes. “Voter opinion appears to be firmly locked in on President Obama and something major is going to have to happen to cause a dramatic shift.”
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.
Full text of questions:
Favorable – 33%
Unfavorable – 37%
No opinion – 24%
Not aware – 5%
Favorable – 46%
Unfavorable – 43%
No opinion – 11%
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This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted July 19-21, 2010 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, 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.