HPU Poll: No Apparent Change in Approval Ratings for President and NC Governor

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 17, 2015 – The recent High Point University Poll finds that registered voters in North Carolina continue to give President Barack Obama and Gov. Pat McCrory approval ratings in the low 40s, and a large majority say the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Forty-three percent of North Carolina registered voters approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance. The survey places public approval of Gov. Pat McCrory’s job performance at 42 percent among those same registered voters. This is similar to HPU Polls from March and September 2015.

The poll also finds that about one quarter (26 percent) of the same respondents believe the country is headed in the right direction, versus more than two-thirds (67 percent) of North Carolina registered voters who see the country as being on the wrong track.

“Not much has changed in our recent observations of President Obama and Governor McCrory’s approval ratings,” says Brian McDonald, assistant director of the HPU Poll and adjunct instructor. “This is reflective of the same feeling in the electorate that continues to see the country headed in the wrong direction and support candidates outside politics in the upcoming elections.”

 

Registered Voters – 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 – 26 percent

Wrong track – 67 percent

Don’t know/refused – 7 percent

(Registered voter sample surveyed November 7 – 12, 2015, n = 508 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.3 percent)

 

HPU Poll - Obama Job Approval - Nov. 2015Registered Voters – Presidential Job Approval

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

Approve – 43 percent

Disapprove – 49 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 8 percent

(Registered voter sample surveyed November 7 – 12, 2015, n = 508 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.3 percent)

 

Registered Voters – Governor Job ApprovalHPU Poll - McCrory Job Approval - Nov. 2015

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

Approve – 42 percent

Disapprove – 45 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 14 percent

(Registered voter sample surveyed November 7 – 12, 2015, n = 508 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.3 percent)

 

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Nov. 7 – 12, 2015. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 610 adults with landline or cellular telephones. The registered voter subsample relied on responses from the participants about their own registration status and yielded a total of 508 respondents. The Survey Research Center contracted with Survey Sampling International to acquire this sample. The survey has an estimated margin of sampling error of approximately 4 percentage points for all adult respondents and an approximate margin of sampling error of 4.3 percent for the self-described registered voters. The data is 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. Details from this survey are available at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/files/2015/11/42memoB.pdf.

Further results and methodological details from the most recent survey and past studies can be found at the Survey Research Center website at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/. The materials online include past press releases as well as memos summarizing the findings (including approval ratings) for each poll since 2010.

The HPU Poll reports methodological details in accordance with the standards set out by AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative, and the HPU Survey Research Center is a Charter Member of the Initiative. For more information, see http://transparency.aapor.org/index.php/transparency.

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Dr. Martin Kifer, assistant professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll, and Brian McDonald serves as the assistant director of the HPU Poll.

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