Raleigh, N.C. – Just 29 percent of Democratic and unaffiliated voters say they would vote for Gov. Bev Perdue in a Democratic primary, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
Among registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters, 29 percent said they would vote for Perdue if the Democratic Primary election for Governor of North Carolina were held today. Thirty percent said they would vote for a totally different Democrat, and 35 percent said they are undecided.
“Governor Perdue may be in trouble if she ends up with a credible primary challenger,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “Support among Democratic and unaffiliated voters has dropped as unemployment stays high and job creation remains stalled.”
Voters are evenly split with 45 percent approving and 45 percent disapproving of her job performance. This is up over her previous December 2010 job approval number of 44 percent approve-47 percent disapprove.
“While Perdue’s approval rating has improved, her own party members seem unsure about her ability to lead North Carolina. The next several months will be critical as to whether Perdue is able to continue improving her standing among voters,” 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 www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.
Full text of questions:
“If the Democratic Primary election for Governor of North Carolina were held today, for whom would you vote: Bev Perdue or a different Democrat?” (among registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters)
Total Perdue – 29%
Total Different Democrat – 30%
Undecided – 35%
“Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Bev Perdue is doing as Governor?”
Total Approve – 45%
Total Disapprove – 45%
Strongly Approve – 14%
Somewhat Approve – 31%
Somewhat Disapprove – 19%
Strongly Disapprove – 26%
Do Not Know – 10%
Click here for full results and crosstabs.
This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted January 19-20 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.