HPU Poll: Trump and Cooper Approval Ratings Hold Steady in NC

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HIGH POINT, N.C., April 4, 2017 – The third High Point University Poll of 2017 finds that North Carolinians give President Donald Trump the same job approval rating of 36 percent they gave in earlier polls this year. They also give Gov. Roy Cooper a rating of 49 percent approval and continue to say in large numbers that the country is headed in the wrong direction.

A little more than half (54 percent) of North Carolina residents say they disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, compared to 55 percent who said the same thing in the previous HPU Poll.

About one in four (24 percent) of these same North Carolinians say they disapprove of Gov. Roy Cooper’s job performance with 28 percent refusing to offer an opinion either way. About a month earlier, 44 percent approved of the job he was doing, 22 percent disapproved and 34 percent did not offer an opinion either way.

Approximately two-thirds (65 percent) of North Carolinians say the country is on the wrong track, compared to 60 percent who said the same thing on the previous HPU Poll.

Forty percent of these North Carolinians say that the country is better off than it was eight years ago, compared to the 46 percent who say that the country is worse off. Thirty-nine percent said the country was better off when the HPU Poll asked in late February.

In other findings, relatively large percentages of North Carolinians decline to offer opinions on incumbent U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and give them approval ratings of 25 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Thirty-four percent of respondents say they disapprove of the job Senator Burr is doing while 41 percent did not offer an opinion about his performance. Senator Tillis received disapproval from 34 percent of North Carolina residents while 33 percent do not offer a view either way.

“Our most recent HPU Poll shows that North Carolinians’ opinion about President Trump remains consistent,” says Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll and adjunct instructor. “We may need to wait after President Trump’s first 100 days in office to see if North Carolina residents change their relative approval of the Trump Presidency.”

 

All adults – Country Direction (March 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 – 26 percent

Wrong track – 65 percent

Don’t know/Refused – 10 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 25 – 30, 2017, n = 416 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.8 percent)

 

All adults – Country better or worse off (March 2017)

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

Better off – 40 percent

Worse off – 46 percent

About the same – 9 percent

Don’t know/Refused – 5 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 25 – 30, 2017, n = 416 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.8 percent)

 

All adults – Presidential Job Approval (March 2017)

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

Approve – 36 percent

Disapprove – 54 percent

Don’t know/Refused – 10 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 25 – 30, 2017, n = 416 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.8 percent)

 

All adults – Governor Job Approval (March 2017)

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

Approve – 49 percent

Disapprove – 24 percent

Don’t know/Refused – 28 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 25 – 30, 2017, n = 416 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.8 percent)

 

All adults – Senator Richard Burr Job Approval (March 2017)

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

Approve – 25 percent

Disapprove – 34 percent

Don’t know/Refused – 41 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 25 – 30, 2017, n = 416 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.8 percent)

 

All adults – Senator Thom Tillis Job Approval (March 2017)

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

Approve – 33 percent

Disapprove – 34 percent

Don’t know/Refused – 33 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 25 – 30, 2017, n = 416 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.8 percent)

 

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on March 25 through 30, 2017. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 416 adults with landline or cellular telephones. The survey has an estimated margin of sampling error of approximately 4.8 percentage points for all adult respondents. 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/2017/04/52memoA.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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