Civitas Poll: Voters Split on Perdue Job Performance

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Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina voters are divided in their approval of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s job performance.

Forty-six percent of voters both approve and disapprove of the job that Perdue is doing as governor.  Seven percent said they are undecided or do not know.

This is a four percent increase in Perdue’s job approval rating since a September 2011 Civitas Poll which revealed her lowest approval numbers in nearly two years (42 percent approve to 48 percent disapprove).

Republican (66 percent) and unaffiliated voters (50 percent) continue to disapprove of the job Perdue is doing as governor, while 63 percent of Democrats approve of her performance.  Respondents who said they are definitely voting in the November 2012 election are also split in their opinion by a margin of 45 percent approve to 47 percent disapprove.

“Governor Perdue got her best numbers in a while in this poll, something she is probably happy to see,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.

Voter approval of President Obama’s job performance increased five percent since last month to 46 percent of voters approving of the job he is doing.  Fifty percent of voters said they disapprove.  In addition, voters in the Triangle, 61 percent, most approve of his job performance while 54 percent of those ages 18-25 and 41-55 most disapprove of the job he is doing as President.

“While within the margin of error, President Obama remains upside down in his approval by voters in North Carolina,” 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

Full Text of Questions:

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

Total Approve – 46%

Total Disapprove – 50%

Strongly Approve – 23%

Somewhat Approve – 23%

Somewhat Disapprove – 11%

Strongly Disapprove – 40%

Undecided/Don’t Know – 2%

Refused – 2%

“Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Bev Perdue is doing as governor?”

Total Approve – 46%

Total Disapprove – 46%

Strongly Approve – 16%

Somewhat Approve – 30%

Somewhat Disapprove – 16%

Strongly Disapprove – 31%

Undecided/Don’t Know – 7%

Refused – 1%

For the full results and crosstabs, click here.

This poll of 600 likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted October 17-18 2011 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ.  All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of probable 2012 general election voters in North Carolina.  For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in 2006 or 2008 or be newly registered to vote since November 5, 2008. (November 5 is the day after the election)

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 the 2006 or 2008 general elections or is newly registered since November 5, 2008.


This article was posted in Press Releases by Katie Trout on October 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM.

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Comments on this article

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    Hudson Oct 27, 2011 at 9:37

    If you look more closely at these results, you see that those who feel strongly one way or another express disapproval of both Obama and Perdue. Seen this way, it is NOT evenly split at all.

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