Civitas Poll: Obama Job Approval Rating Up, Perdue Favorability Down

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Raleigh, N.C. – President Obama’s job approval rating is at 50 percent among North Carolina voters since January, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

The 50 percent of voters who said they approve of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President of the United States is up 5 percent over January.  Forty-five percent said they disapprove, and 5 percent said they do not know or are undecided.

In January the President’s job performance rating stood at 45 percent approve – 49 percent disapprove.  Democratic voters remain overall favorable (73 percent approve – 24 percent approve) while just 15 percent of Republican voters approve of the job he is doing.  Unaffiliated voters approve of Obama’s job performance by a 55 percent – 33 percent margin.

“President Obama saw an increase in approval which could partially be a response to the Democratic National Committee choosing Charlotte for the 2012 Convention,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.  “It’s yet to be seen whether he will maintain this approval figure as revolutions continue in the Middle East, gas prices increase and the U.S. economy remains slow.”

Opinion among North Carolina voters toward Gov. Bev Perdue remains overall unfavorable by a 32 percent favorable – 44 percent unfavorable margin.  Looking at party affiliation, less than half of Democratic voters have a favorable opinion of the Governor (45 percent favorable – 30 percent unfavorable).  Unaffiliated (33 percent favorable – 44 percent unfavorable) and Republican voters (14 percent favorable – 63 percent unfavorable) hold an unfavorable opinion.

“Voter sentiment toward Gov. Perdue remains negative and her initial honeymoon period with the new GOP General Assembly may have cost her with her Democratic base,” added De Luca.

The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina.  For more information on Civitas polling see

Full text of questions:

“Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing as president of the United States?”

Total Favorable – 50%

Total Unfavorable – 45%

Strongly Approve – 31%

Somewhat Approve – 20%

Somewhat Disapprove – 13%

Strongly Disapprove – 32%

Undecided/Don’t Know – 5%

“Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Bev Perdue?”

Total Favorable – 32%

Total Unfavorable – 44%

Very Favorable – 10%

Somewhat Favorable – 23%

Somewhat Unfavorable – 21%

Very Unfavorable – 23%

Heard of, No Opinion – 23%

Never Heard Of – 1%

Click here for full results and crosstabs.

This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted February 10, 12-13 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ.  All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina.  For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote 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 two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote since 2008.


This article was posted in Press Releases by Katie Trout on February 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM.

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