While other polls had his job approval turning negative a few months ago, it wasn’t until this month, after the passage of the health care bill, that President Obama’s personal favorability rating among North Carolina voters turned negative as well — checking in this month at 44% favorable, 45% unfavorable for a net -1 favorability rating.
Our poll last month was taken a few days before the health care bill was passed by the US House of Representatives and Obama’s favorability rating was +9 then (48 fav, 39 unfav). So he’s seen a net 10 point decline in just the past four weeks. The only thing that can explain this is voter opposition to his health care bill.
While opposition to health care (and many of his other proposals) has been strong in North Carolina, it hadn’t effected his personal favorability rating until now. Obama has been able to pride himself on the fact he’s a likable guy and voters had been able to separate those warm personal feelings towards Obama with their dislike for his policies. This is no longer the case.
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Fancy chart below.