Civitas Poll: Perdue Job Approval Remains Under 50 Percent

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Raleigh, N.C. – Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s job approval rating stands at 46 percent among North Carolina voters, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.  The poll also reveals that voters approve of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President.

This is a 3 percent increase in Perdue’s job rating since March 2011 when 43 percent of voters said they approve of the job she is doing as Governor.  Forty-one percent said they disapprove, and 12 percent said they are undecided or do not know.

Analyzing party registration, Democratic voters overall approve of Perdue’s performance (60 percent approve – 26 percent disapprove), along with unaffiliated voters (48 percent approve – 42 percent disapprove).  In contrast, Republicans largely disapprove of her performance by a 27 percent to 63 percent margin.

“Governor Perdue is seeing an uptick in her approval rating,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.  “No particular demographic has moved in any statistically discernable way but her numbers overall have moved up.”

Since March, President Obama’s job approval rating improved 4 percent among North Carolina voters (51 percent approve – 45 percent disapprove).  Republican and Democratic approval remained mostly unchanged, while approval of Obama’s job performance dropped 6 percent among unaffiliated voters to a 44 percent to 52 percent margin.

“Since this poll was taken after the killing of Osama bin Laden you have to attribute some of the bump in his approval ratings to that action,” added De Luca.  “However, these numbers will likely drop a bit when the country’s attention returns to the economy and debt crisis.”

The Civitas Poll is the only regular 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 Bev Perdue is doing as Governor?”

Total Approve – 46%

Total Disapprove – 41%

Strongly Approve – 11%

Somewhat Approve – 35%

Somewhat Disapprove – 15%

Strongly Disapprove – 26%

Undecided/Don’t Know – 12%

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

Total Approve – 51%

Total Disapprove – 45%

Strongly Approve – 30%

Somewhat Approve – 21%

Somewhat Disapprove – 15%

Strongly Disapprove – 31%

Undecided/Don’t Know – 3%

Click here for full results and crosstabs.

This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted May 10-11, 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 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 May 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

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