HPU Poll: Approval Ratings for New President and N.C. Governor

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 9 – The first High Point University Poll of fall 2017 finds that about a third of North Carolinians (35 percent) approve of how President Donald Trump is doing his job and give Gov. Roy Cooper an approval rating of 44 percent. Meanwhile, a large majority continue to express concern that the country is on the wrong track.

A little more than half (51 percent) of North Carolina residents say they disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, compared to 54 percent who said the same thing in HPU Poll results released in early April.

Almost a third (30 percent) of these same North Carolina residents say they disapprove of Gov. Roy Cooper’s job performance. In early April, 49 percent approved of the governor’s job performance, 24 percent disapproved, and 28 percent did not offer an opinion one way or another.

More than two-thirds (70 percent) of North Carolinians say the country is on the wrong track, and only 18 percent now say that the country is headed in the right direction. Sixty-five percent said the same thing in the last poll.

In other findings, only 13 percent of North Carolinians approve of how the U.S. Congress is doing its job overall. The reading is lower than the 22 percent registered in the February HPU Poll results.

Many North Carolinians did not offer opinions on their U.S. Senators. U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis received approval ratings of 29 percent and 33 percent, respectively.  But 37 percent of these same North Carolina residents did not offer an opinion of Richard Burr’s job performance, and 32 percent declined to judge Thom Tillis’s work in the U.S. Senate.

“Not much has changed in our recent observations of President Trump and Governor Cooper’s approval ratings,” says Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll and adjunct instructor of survey research methods. “The HPU Poll will continue to track approval ratings of these elected officials through the rest of 2017 and monitor any changes.”

 

All adults – Country Direction (October 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 – 18 percent

Wrong track – 70 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 12 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2017, n = 404 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.9 percent)

 

All adults – Presidential Job Approval (October 2017)

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

Approve – 35 percent

Disapprove – 51 percent

Don’t know/refused – 14 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2017, n = 404 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.9 percent)

 

All adults – Governor Job Approval (October 2017)

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

Approve – 44 percent

Disapprove – 30 percent

Don’t know/refused – 26 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2017, n = 404 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.9 percent)

 

All adults – Congressional Job Approval (October 2017)

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

Approve – 13 percent

Disapprove – 77 percent

Don’t know/refused – 10 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2017, n = 404 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.9 percent)

 

All adults – Senator Burr Job Approval (October 2017)

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

Approve – 29 percent

Disapprove – 34 percent

Don’t know/refused – 37 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2017, n = 404 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.9 percent)

 

All adults – Senator Tillis Job Approval (October 2017)

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

Approve – 33 percent

Disapprove – 35 percent

Don’t know/refused – 32 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2017, n = 404 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 September 28 through October 6, 2017. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 404 adults with landline or cellular telephones. The survey has an estimated margin of sampling error of approximately 4.9 percentage points for all adult respondents. The data is weighted toward population estimates for cellular and landline telephone use, age, gender, race, education, 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/2017/10/53memoA.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, department chair and 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 and an adjunct professor of survey research methods.

 

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