Civitas Poll: McCrory Approval Rating Shifts

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March 1, 2013
CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099

RALEIGH – A new poll from the Civitas Institute found that if Gov. Pat McCrory’s political honeymoon is waning, his support remains strong.

The Civitas Poll of 600 registered North Carolina voters was taken Feb. 21, 24 and 25, and had a margin of error of plus-minus 4 percent.

In our January poll, taken right after the governor’s inauguration, McCrory had an approval rating of 41 percent favorable, 11 percent unfavorable, and 48 percent who said they didn’t know or were undecided. In the recent poll, 46 percent of respondents approved of the job McCrory is doing and 28 percent disapproved, with 26 percent undecided.

The poll also showed the General Assembly showing improvement in its image by garnering a 40-39 percent approval/disapproval rating. In September, only 36 percent of registered voters approved of the job it was doing, while 44 percent disapproved.

More on the recent poll will be revealed at the Civitas Institute’s Conservative Leadership Conference March 1-2 in Raleigh. More information is available at

Text of questions*:

Please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of … (RANDOMIZE)

Total         Total                         Strong    Smwt     Smwt     Strong                   Don’t                  Refused
Approve   Disapprove                Apprv    Apprv    Disapp    Disapp                  Know

…the job that Pat McCrory is doing as Governor of North Carolina.

2/13     46%    28%                21%     26%     11%     17%                 26%                 —
1/13     41%    11%                16%     25%     4%       7%                   48%                 1%

…the job the North Carolina State Legislature is doing.

2/13     40%    39%                7%       32%     18%     21%                 21%                 —
9/12     36%    44%                8%       28%     24%     20%                 19%                 1%

*Because of rounding, percentages may not equal totals.

Click here for crosstabs.

About the Poll

This poll of 600 registered voters in North Carolina was conducted Feb. 21, 24 and 25, 2013 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered  general election voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past two general elections (2010, 2012) or be newly registered to vote since November 3, 2012..

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.”

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More information on the Civitas Institute is available at, or contact Jim Tynen at (919) 834-2099.

About Francis De Luca

Francis X. De Luca is president of the Civitas Institute. He has a varied background that includes political consulting, owning a small business, working at all levels of government and serving on active and reserve duty for 30 years with the United States Marine Corps, where he retired with the rank of Colonel. He was recalled to active duty after 9/11 and served over 4 years on active duty including deploying as part of Task Force Tarawa for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also flew combat missions in the first Persian Gulf War. Francis received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, and his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida. He is married and has two daughters. His management philosophy for how a policy organization measures its impact is best summarized by a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”.
This article was posted in Press Releases by Francis De Luca on February 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM.

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