HPU Poll: Trump at 36 Percent and Cooper at 46 Percent Approval among North Carolinians

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 7, 2017 – The first High Point University Poll of 2017 finds that North Carolinians give new President Donald Trump a job approval rating of 36 percent and new Gov. Roy Cooper an approval rating of 46 percent while a large majority continue to say the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Approximately half (52 percent) of North Carolina residents say they disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, and the remaining 13 percent do not offer an opinion.

About one in five (21 percent) of these same North Carolina residents say they disapprove of Gov. Roy Cooper’s job performance with a third (33 percent) refusing to offer an opinion either way. 

Three out of five (61 percent) North Carolinians say the country is on the wrong track, compared to the 70 percent who said the same thing to the HPU Poll in February 2016. The most recent HPU Poll found that about 27 percent of respondents thought the country was headed in the right direction, compared to 21 percent who said that in February 2016.

Looking back to the beginning of the Obama administration, 49 percent of these same respondents say the country is worse off now than it was eight years ago, compared to 36 percent who say it is better off.

In other findings, about one quarter (23 percent) of North Carolinians approve of how the U.S. Congress is doing its job. The result is about six percentage points higher than when the HPU Poll last asked a sample of all North Carolina adults for a rating of Congress in February 2016.

The North Carolina General Assembly had a job approval rating of 27 percent, with 41 percent disapproving and almost one third (32 percent) refusing to offer a view either way.

“Our first job approval ratings for President Trump and Governor Cooper show they have some room to grow,” says Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll and adjunct instructor. “North Carolinians are just starting to form opinions about their conduct in office, and we will continue to track the public’s reactions to these newly inaugurated executives.”

 

All adults – Country Direction (January/February 2017)

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 – 27 percent

Wrong track – 61 percent

Don’t know/refused – 12 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2017, n = 405 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.9 percent)

 

All adults – Country better or worse off than 8 years ago (January/February 2017)

Would you say that the country is better off or worse off than it was eight years ago?

Better off – 36 percent

Worse off – 49 percent

About the same – 6 percent

Don’t know/refused – 10 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2017, n = 405 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.9 percent)

 

All adults – Presidential Job Approval (January/February 2017)

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

Approve – 36 percent

Disapprove – 52 percent

Don’t know/refused – 13 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2017, n = 405 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.9 percent)

 

All adults – Governor Job Approval (January/February 2017)

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

Approve – 46 percent

Disapprove – 21 percent

Don’t know/refused – 33 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2017, n = 405 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.9 percent)

 

All adults – Congressional Job Approval (January/February 2017)

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that the U.S. Congress is handling its job?

Approve – 23 percent

Disapprove – 60 percent

Don’t know/refused – 18 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2017, n = 405 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.9 percent)

 

All adults – N.C. General Assembly Job Approval (January/February 2017)

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that the North Carolina General Assembly is handling its job?

Approve – 27 percent

Disapprove – 41 percent

Don’t know/refused – 32 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2017, n = 405 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.9 percent)

 
The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2017. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 405 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 373 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 4.9 percentage points for all adult respondents and an approximate margin of sampling error of 5.1 percent for the self-described registered voters. The data is weighted toward population estimates for cellular and landline telephone use, age, gender, race, and party identification. 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/2017/02/50memoA.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.

You can follow the HPU Poll on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HPUSurveyCenter.

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

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