HPU Poll: President at 40%, Governor at 41% Approval Among North Carolinians

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 9, 2019 – A new High Point University Poll finds that North Carolinians give President Donald Trump a job approval rating of 40%, while 52% of North Carolina residents say they disapprove of the job he is doing as president.

More than half (58%) of North Carolinians say the country is on the wrong track, compared to the 64% who said the same thing in the HPU Poll in March 2018. The most recent HPU Poll found just less than a third (30%) of respondents thought the country was headed in the right direction, compared to 28% who said that in March 2018.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper received an approval rating of 41%, and 30% of poll participants disapprove of the way he is handling his job. Meanwhile, 29% of these same North Carolina residents did not offer an opinion of Cooper’s job performance.

Only 19% of North Carolinians approve of how U.S. Congress is doing its job, while 59% disapprove and 22% offer no view either way.

“Our recent observations show a slight decrease in how many survey participants feel that the country is off on the wrong track,” says Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll and adjunct instructor. “North Carolinians’ opinions about the direction of the country can change, and we will continue to track the public’s reactions to these individuals through future polls.”

All adults – Country Direction (March/April 2019)

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 – 30%

Wrong track – 58%

Don’t know/refused – 12%

(All adult (North Carolina resident) phone and online sample, surveyed March 29 – April 4, 2019, n = 841 and credibility interval of +/- 4.4%) 

All adults – Presidential Job Approval (March/April 2019)

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

Approve – 40%

Disapprove – 52%

Don’t know/refuse – 8%

(All adult (North Carolina resident) phone and online sample, surveyed March 29 – April 4, 2019, n = 841 and credibility interval of +/- 4.4%)

All adults – Governor Roy Cooper Approval (March/April 2019)

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

Approve – 41%

Disapprove – 30%

Don’t know/refuse – 29%

(All adult (North Carolina resident) phone and online sample, surveyed March 29 – April 4, 2019, n = 841 and credibility interval of +/- 4.4%)

All adults – U.S. Congress Approval (March/April 2019)

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

Approve – 19%

Disapprove – 59%

Don’t know/refused – 22%

(All adult (North Carolina resident) phone and online sample, surveyed March 29 – April 4, 2019, n = 841 and credibility interval of +/- 4.4%)

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on March 29 – April 4, 2019 and an online survey fielded at the same time. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 841 adults interviewed online (602 respondents) as well as landline or cellular telephones (239 respondents). The Survey Research Center contracted with Dynata, formerly Research Now SSI: https://www.dynata.com/ to acquire these samples, and fielded the online survey using its Qualtrics platform. This is a combined sample of live phone interviews and online interviews. The online sampling is from a panel of respondents, so their participation does not adhere to usual assumptions associated with random selection.  Therefore, it is not appropriate to assign a classical margin of sampling error for the results. In this case, the SRC provides a credibility interval of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points to account for a traditional 95% confidence interval for the estimates (plus or minus 3.4 percentage points) and a design effect of 1.3 (based on the weighting). The data is weighted toward population estimates for age, gender, race, and education level based on U.S. Census numbers for North Carolina. 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/2019/04/65memoA.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, chair and associate professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll and Brian McDonald is the associate director of the HPU Poll.

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