HPU Poll: Presidential Approval at 44%, Governor Approval at 47% with Registered Voters

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 2, 2020 – A new High Point University Poll finds that registered voters in North Carolina give President Donald Trump a job approval rating of 44% with half (50%) of North Carolina registered voters saying they disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president.

The same North Carolina registered voters give Gov. Roy Cooper a job approval rating of 47% with 41% saying they disapprove. Of that same sample, 13% did not offer an opinion either way.  

Almost three-quarters (72%) of North Carolina’s registered voters say the country is pretty seriously off on the wrong track. Only 22% of those registered voters say the country is going in the right direction.

“The most recent HPU Poll asked registered voters in North Carolina to rate their approval of our elected officials as we head into this election season,” says Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll and adjunct instructor. “Half of these registered voters disapprove of how President Trump is handling his job, while almost half of them approve of Gov. Cooper’s performance.”

NC registered voters – Country Direction (September 2020)

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 – 22%

Wrong track – 72%

Don’t know/refused – 6%

(Registered voter sample from N.C. voter file, surveyed Sept. 11-30, 2020, n = 401 and margin of sampling error is +/- 6 percentage points) 

NC registered voters – Presidential Job Approval (September 2020)

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

Approve – 44%

Disapprove – 50%

Don’t know/refuse – 6%

(Registered voter sample from N.C. voter file, surveyed Sept. 11-30, 2020, n = 401 and margin of sampling error is +/- 6 percentage points)

NC registered voters – NC Governor Approval (September 2020)

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

Approve – 47%

Disapprove – 41%

Don’t know/refused – 13%

(Registered voter sample from N.C. voter file, surveyed Sept. 11-30, 2020, n = 401 and margin of sampling error is +/- 6 percentage points)

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers working remotely through the High Point University Survey Research Center, calling Sept. 11-30, 2020. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 422 registered voters interviewed on landline or cellular telephones. The Survey Research Center drew this sample from the voter file made public by the North Carolina State Board of Elections (https://www.ncsbe.gov/Public-Records-Data-Info/Election-Results-Data). The survey has an estimated margin of sampling error of approximately 6 percentage points for registered voter respondents. Taking into account a design effect as a result of weighting, the adjusted margin of error is 4.8 percentage points. The data is weighted toward population (NC registered voters) estimates for age, gender, and race/ethnicity based on the parameters of the full voter file at the North Carolina State Board of Elections as well as education level based on US Census estimates. 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/2020/10/75memoA.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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