Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina voters’ opinions of President Barack Obama and Gov. Bev Perdue dipped in March according a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. Obama’s favorability has dropped back under 50 percent while Perdue’s numbers have returned to a net negative margin.
In the live caller poll of 600 likely 2010 voters, 48 percent had a favorable opinion of President Obama while 39 percent had an unfavorable opinion. The nine percentage point spread between favorable and unfavorable represents a seven point decline from February and is the lowest margin for Obama since October 2009.
“After receiving a bit of a bump in the polls the past couple of months, Obama’s favorability has dropped in March as the health care bill again became front page news,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “His standing among unaffiliated voters continues to decline and is almost even this month.”
Gov. Perdue’s venture into positive favorability among North Carolina voters was short lived, lasting only one month. This month, 34 percent of voters had a favorable opinion of her while 38 percent had an unfavorable opinion, giving Perdue a -4 spread between favorable and unfavorable.
“While Gov. Perdue is off her lows of last summer during the budget process, her numbers have been slow to rebound and she faces another round of tough budget decisions. She has to hope for improved job numbers if she is to escape from negative rating territory,” added 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 – 48% (-3 from February)
Unfavorable – 39% (+4)
No Opinion – 13% (-1)
Favorable – 34% (-4)
Unfavorable – 38% (+3)
No Opinion – 29% (+3)
This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted March 16-18, 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.