Raleigh, N.C. – The number of voters having favorable opinions of the state’s leaders changed very little over the past month according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, President Obama was seen favorably by 51 percent of North Carolina voters, a decline of one percent from January. Senator Richard Burr’s favorable numbers declined by three points from 33 to 30 percent and the percentage of voters having a favorable opinion of Gov. Bev Perdue was unchanged from January at 38 percent.
“Another month of static poll numbers for North Carolina’s elected leaders,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “Nothing significant has happened that has caused voter to reassess their opinions of these three elected officials.”
Unaffiliated voters, the fastest growing segment of voters in North Carolina have favorable opinions of both Obama and Burr but have an overall unfavorable opinion of Perdue.
“As we approach the May primary and there is more political advertising and news I would expect to see some these numbers move as voters focus on what they like and don’t like about politicians,” concluded De Luca.
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more polling information on Civitas polling see www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.
Full text of questions:
I am going to read you a list of names, please tell me if have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of each. If you have not heard of the person, just say so:
Favorable – 51% (-1 from January)
Unfavorable – 35% (-2)
No Opinion – 14% (+4)
Favorable – 30% (-3)
Unfavorable – 18% (-2)
No Opinion – 53% (+6)
Favorable – 38% (nc)
Unfavorable – 35% (-13)
No Opinion – 26% (+8)
This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted Feb. 15-18 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.