Raleigh, N.C. – Since May, President Barack Obama has experienced a 14 point shift to the negative in his job approval rating among North Carolina voters, according to a new poll released by the Civitas Institute. The poll also revealed that voters continue to hold an unfavorable opinion of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.
Forty-four percent of voters polled said they approve of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President of the United States. Fifty-two percent said they disapprove and four percent said they are undecided or do not know. This is a 14 point swing since a May 2011 Civitas poll when Obama’s job approval rating stood at 51 percent approve – 45 percent disapprove.
Analyzing party registration, Democratic voters overall approve of Obama’s performance (72 percent approve – 25 percent disapprove). In contrast, Republicans largely disapprove of his performance by an 87 percent to 11 percent margin along with 60 percent of unaffiliated voters.
“This is the largest swing we have seen in the president’s job approval and could be another sign that Obama’s support in North Carolina is waning,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.
Voter opinion of Gov. Bev Perdue remains unfavorable as 44 percent said they hold a favorable opinion of her while 47 percent said their opinion is unfavorable. Six percent of voters said they have heard of her but have no opinion, and three percent said they have never heard of Perdue. Democratic voters (63 percent) continue to view Perdue favorably, while Republican (72 percent) and unaffiliated voters (51 percent) do not.
“Whether it is job approval or favorability ratings, Governor Perdue does not appear to have the support of a majority of North Carolina voters,” added De Luca.
The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.
Full Text of Question:
“Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President of the United States?”
Total Approve – 44%
Total Disapprove – 52%
Strongly Approve – 25%
Somewhat Approve – 19%
Somewhat Disapprove – 13%
Strongly Disapprove – 39%
Undecided/Don’t Know – 4%
“Now I am going to read you a list of people active in politics. After I read each name, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person. If you have never heard of that person, just tell me and we’ll go onto the next one: Bev Perdue.”
Total Favorable – 44%
Total Unfavorable – 47%
Very Favorable – 13%
Somewhat Favorable – 31%
Somewhat Unfavorable – 19%
Very Unfavorable – 28%
Heard of/No Opinion – 6%
Never Heard Of – 3%
Click here for full results and crosstabs.
This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted July 12-13, 2011 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 at least one of the past three general elections (2006, 2008, 2010) or be newly registered to vote since November 2, 2010.
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 at least one of the past three general elections or is newly registered since November 2, 2010.