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HPU Poll: Obama and McCrory at 39 Percent Approval in NC

Posted on September 16, 2013.
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High Point University's PollHIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 16, 2013 – A new HPU Poll finds that 39 percent of North Carolina residents approve of President Barack Obama and Governor Pat McCrory’s job performance. Meanwhile, U.S. Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr have job approval ratings of 40 and 36 percent, respectively.

In the spring, the HPU Poll surveyed 548 adults in NC and found a 49 percent approval rating for McCrory and a 43 percent approval rating for Obama.

The poll also finds that more than two thirds (69 percent) of the same respondents believe the country is on the wrong track versus only 20 percent of North Carolina residents who see the country headed in the right direction.

“Our polling suggests that North Carolinians are feeling particularly negative about the direction of the country,” said Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, assistant professor of psychology and associate director of the HPU Poll. “This general feeling of discontent plus the public’s specific evaluations of these elected officials is resulting in relatively low approval. The question going forward is whether this is a particularly low point—which we have seen previously in the past few years—or a new normal for these politicians.”

All adults – Presidential job approval

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Approve – 39 percent
Disapprove – 52 percent
Don’t know/refuse – 10 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 8 – 12, 2013, n = 408 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 5 percent)

All adults – Governor job approval

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Pat McCrory is handling his job as governor?

Approve – 39 percent
Disapprove – 42 percent
Don’t know/refuse – 19 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 8 – 12, 2013, n = 408 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 5 percent)

All adults – Senator Hagan job approval

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Kay Hagan is handling her job as United States Senator?

Approve – 40 percent
Disapprove – 28 percent
Don’t know/refuse – 32 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 8 – 12, 2013, n = 408 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 5 percent)

All adults – Senator Burr job approval

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Richard Burr is handling his job as United States Senator?

Approve – 36 percent
Disapprove – 25 percent
Don’t know/refuse – 39 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 8 – 12, 2013, n = 408 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 5 percent)

All adults – country direction

Do you think things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track?

Right direction – 20 percent
Wrong track – 69 percent
Don’t know/refused – 11 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 8 – 12, 2013, n = 408 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 5 percent)

All adults – Presidential job approval (March 2013)

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Approve – 43 percent
Disapprove – 46 percent
Don’t know/refuse – 11 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 17-21, 2013, n = 548 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.2 percent)

All adults – Governor job approval (March 2013)

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Pat McCrory is handling his job as governor?

Approve – 49 percent
Disapprove – 25 percent
Don’t know/refuse – 27 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 17-21, 2013, n = 548 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.2 percent)

The most recent survey was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Sept. 8 – 12, 2013. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 408 adults with landline or cellular telephones. The Survey Research Center contracted with Survey Sampling International to acquire this sample. The survey has an estimated margin of sampling error of approximately 5 percentage points for these respondents. The data are weighted toward population estimates for cellular and landline telephone use, age, gender and race. In addition to sampling error, factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional error into the findings of opinion polls.

Further results and methodological details from the most recent survey and past studies can be found at the Survey Research Center website at http://src.highpoint.edu/ Memos with approval ratings from the March, February and January 2013 HPU Polls are available at: http://acme.highpoint.edu/~mkifer/src/23memoc.pdf, http://acme.highpoint.edu/~mkifer/src/22memob.pdf and http://acme.highpoint.edu/~mkifer/src/21memoc.pdf, respectively.

Dr. Martin Kifer, assistant professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll, and Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, assistant professor of psychology, serves as the associate director of the HPU Poll.

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