HPU Poll: NC’s Presidential Approval Ratings are Stable, Dissatisfaction Continues with the Country’s Direction

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 7, 2017 – The second High Point University Poll of fall 2017 finds that about a third of North Carolinians (33 percent) approve of how President Donald Trump is doing his job, and a large majority continue to express concern that the country is on the wrong track.

More than half (55 percent) of North Carolina residents say they disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, compared to 51 percent, who said the same thing in HPU Poll results released in October of this year.

About two-thirds (66 percent) of North Carolinians say the country is on the wrong track, and 23 percent now say that the country is headed in the right direction. Approximately 70 percent said the same thing in the poll results released in October.

“The most recent HPU Poll may indicate slight changes in how North Carolinians feel about the job the president is doing and the direction of our country,” says Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll and adjunct instructor of survey research methods. “These small deviations still do not show any significant shift in how the state feels.”



All adults – Country Direction (October/November 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 – 23 percent

Wrong track – 66 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 12 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Oct. 27 – Nov. 4, 2017, n = 352 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 5.2 percent)



All adults – Presidential Job Approval (October/November 2017)

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

Approve – 33 percent

Disapprove – 55 percent

Don’t know/refused – 12 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed Oct. 27 – Nov. 4, 2017, n = 352 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 5.2 percent)



The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Oct. 27 – Nov. 4, 2017. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 352 adults with landline or cellular telephones. The survey has an estimated margin of sampling error of approximately 5.2 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/2017/11/54memoA.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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