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HPU Poll: 43 Percent of N.C. Residents Strongly Disapprove of President’s Job Performance

12.10.2013
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HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 10, 2013 – A new High Point University Poll of North Carolina residents places President Barack Obama’s job approval rating at 39 percent.

The HPU Poll also shows 58 percent of North Carolinians disapprove of president Obama’s job performance—fully 43 percent saying they strongly disapprove. Two percent said they were unsure.

Self-identified registered voters broke down along similar lines with a total of 42 percent approving and 57 percent disapproving of President Obama’s job performance.

“We have seen similar numbers for the president in other polls,” says Martin Kifer, director of the HPU Poll and assistant professor of political science at High Point University. “This new poll adds more evidence that North Carolinians are dissatisfied with what is happening in Washington, D.C., including what President Obama has been doing in office.”

The HPU Poll found the president’s approval rating at 42 percent in October and 39 percent in September for North Carolina residents.

All adults – Presidential job approval (Dec. 2013)

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

Strongly approve – 20 percent
Somewhat approve – 19 percent
Somewhat disapprove – 15 percent
Strongly disapprove – 43 percent
Unsure – 2 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Dec. 2 – 5, 2013, n = 600 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.1 percent)

Registered voters – Presidential job approval (Dec. 2013)

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

Strongly approve – 22 percent
Somewhat approve – 20 percent
Somewhat disapprove – 14 percent
Strongly disapprove – 43 percent
Unsure – 1 percent

(Self-identified registered voter sample surveyed Dec. 2 – 5, 2013, n = 545 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.3 percent)

All adults – Presidential job approval (Oct. 2013)

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

Approve – 42 percent
Disapprove – 52 percent
Don’t know/refuse – 6 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 22 – 26, 2013, n = 447 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.7 percent)

All adults – Presidential job approval (Sept. 2013)

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)

For the survey, SurveyUSA interviewed 600 state of North Carolina adults Dec. 2 – 5, 2013. Of the adults, 545 were self-identified registered voters. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (68 percent of adults) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (32 percent of adults), were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, laptop, tablet, or other electronic device.

Additional methodological explanation is available from SurveyUSA: http://www.surveyusa.com/client/methodology.aspx?g=d89aa88d-287f-4255-9687-db101bde0c3e

The earlier surveys were fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Sept. 8 – 12 and Sept. 22 – 26. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from adults with landline or cellular telephones. The Survey Research Center contracted with Survey Sampling International to acquire these samples. The data are weighted toward population estimates for cellular and landline telephone use, age, gender and race.

Additional details including crosstabs of all these questions are available at the High Point
University Survey Research Center website: http://www.highpoint.edu/src/

You can follow the HPU Poll on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SurveyResearchCenter and Twitter at http://twitter.com/HPUSurveyCenter.

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