Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina voters’ opinion of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue continues to run negative as unemployment remains high according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, the percentage of voters having an unfavorable opinion of Perdue increased six percentage points from 38 to 44 percent since March. Those viewing her favorably remained at 34 percent. Nineteen percent of respondents had no opinion. Perdue’s net favorability rating saw a six percent decline from minus four last month to minus 10 currently.
“Despite Gov. Perdue’s attempts to focus her administration’s attention on the economy, she is still struggling to connect with voters,” said Civitas Institute Senior Legislative Analyst Chris Hayes. “Perdue’s favorability rating went negative early in her first year in office and has remained there since.”
Democrats remain supportive of Perdue with 53 percent having a favorable opinion of her, reaching the highest rating over the last year. However, 28 percent of Democratic voters have an unfavorable opinion of Gov. Perdue, up five points from March.
Republican voters are overwhelmingly unfavorable to Perdue, holding a negative 57 favorability rating (11 percent favorable-68 percent unfavorable). Meanwhile Perdue has a minus 17 favorability rating among unaffiliated voters (26-43 percent).
“Perdue’s only support is coming from base Democratic voters. She’s finding little appeal outside her own party,” added Hayes.
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. The Institute will host its 5th anniversary poll luncheon on Wednesday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the North Raleigh Hilton. Event information can be found at http://www.nccivitas.org/events/. For more 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 – 34% (no change from March)
Unfavorable – 44% (+6)
No Opinion – 20% (-5)
This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted April 13-15, 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.