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Nov 30th, 2022

HPU Poll: Nearly Half of North Carolinians Give Governor a Positive Approval Rating; November 2022

More than half of North Carolinians disapprove of the job the president is doing.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 30, 2022 – In a new High Point University Poll, North Carolinians gave Gov. Roy Cooper a job approval rating of 48%, while 28% said they disapprove and 24% did not offer an opinion either way.

These same respondents gave President Joe Biden a job approval rating of 32%. More than half (51%) of North Carolina residents said they disapprove of the job President Biden is doing.

A little less than one-third (31%) of North Carolinians said they approve of how the U.S. Supreme Court is handling its job, while about two in five (44%) said they disapprove. One-quarter (26%) of respondents did not offer an opinion either way.

More than two-thirds (68%) of North Carolinians said the country is off on the wrong track, while about one in five (21%) of those same respondents said the country is headed in the right direction. Only 11% did not offer an opinion either way.

When asked about how things were going in the U.S. Congress, only about one out of five (21%) of North Carolinians said they approved of the job Congress is doing. More than half (53%) said they disapproved of how Congress is doing its job.

Changing focus, the HPU Poll asked North Carolinians a list of issues that President Biden has to deal with, and whether they approve or disapprove of them. More than one third of poll respondents said they approved of his handling of the following issues: COVID-19 (41%), education (40%), civil rights (40%), voting integrity (40%), protecting democracy (39%), climate change (33%), abortion (33%) and U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan (33%). Less than one third of respondents rated school safety at (32%), the war in Ukraine (31%) and law enforcement (31%). Respondents gave lower approval to taxes (28%), securing the U.S. southern border (27%), gas prices (22%), inflation (20%) and Hunter Biden’s work (17%).

The HPU poll also asked survey respondents if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion on a variety of people and things. Of those, Gov. Cooper had the highest favorability rating at 49%. The governor was followed by Donald Trump (38%) and Joe Biden (37%). Kevin McCarthy (19%) and Mitch McConnell (17%) had lower ratings but were little known to North Carolinians with almost half (48%) and one-third (33%) saying they were unsure or not familiar with those leaders, respectively.

The poll tested the favorability of several technology moguls, and respondents favorably rated Bill Gates (40%), Elon Musk (36%), Jeff Bezos (25%), and Mark Zuckerberg (23%).

Among political institutions tested, the North Carolina General Assembly had a favorability rating of 38%, along with the U.S. Supreme Court (36%), and the U.S. Congress (25%). The poll also showed lower favorability ratings for several countries, China (11%), Russia (8%), Iran (7%) and North Korea (7%).

“The most recent HPU Poll continues to track favorability on several political figures, countries or things to gain insight on how North Carolinians are feeling,” said Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll and adjunct instructor. “This latest poll tracks almost a majority of respondents with a favorable opinion of our governor.”

HPU Poll on Country Direction 

NC residents – Country Direction (November 2022)

Do you think things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off track?

Right direction – 21%

Wrong track – 68%

Unsure – 11%


NC residents – Presidential Approval (November 2022)

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

Approve – 32%

Disapprove – 51%

Unsure – 17%


NC residents – Governor Approval (November 2022)

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

Approve – 48%

Disapprove – 28%

Unsure – 24%


NC Residents – U.S. Supreme Court Approval (November 2022)

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that the United States Supreme Court is handling its job?

Approve – 31%

Disapprove – 44%

Unsure – 26%


NC residents – Approval of the U.S. Congress (November 2022)

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

Approve – 21%

Disapprove – 53%

Unsure – 26%

HPU Poll on Presidential Approval

NC residents – Biden & Issues (November 2022) 

Below is a list of issues that President Biden has to deal with. For each issue, please tell me whether you [approve or disapprove] of President Biden’s handling of each issue.
Approve Disapprove Unsure
COVID-19 41 45 14
Education 40 41 18
Civil rights 40 39 21
Voting integrity 40 39 21
Protecting democracy 39 42 19
Climate change 33 43 25
Abortion 33 51 16
U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan 33 43 24
School safety 32 47 21
The war in Ukraine 31 49 20
Law enforcement 31 49 20
Taxes 28 54 17
Securing the U.S. southern border 27 52 21
Gas prices 22 65 13
Inflation 20 65 15
His son Hunter Biden’s work 17 47 36


NC residents – Favorability (November 2022)

Here is a list of people and things. Please indicate whether you have [a favorable or an unfavorable] view of each of them.
Favorable Unfavorable Unsure/Not familiar with this person or thing
Gov. Roy Cooper 49 33 18
Bill Gates 40 39 22
Donald Trump 38 51 11
North Carolina General Assembly 38 24 38
President Joe Biden 37 53 11
The U.S. Supreme Court 36 44 21
Elon Musk 36 38 26
The U.S. Congress 25 54 21
Jeff Bezos 25 39 36
Mark Zuckerberg 23 53 24
Kevin McCarthy 19 33 48
Mitch McConnell 17 50 33
China 11 67 22
Russia 8 76 16
Iran 7 67 26
North Korea 7 73 20


The most recent HPU Poll of 1,015 respondents was fielded by the High Point University Survey Research Center on Nov. 10 through Nov. 17, as an online survey using a panel of respondents recruited and maintained by Dynata. Dynata sent invitations to its panel of N.C. respondents and the SRC collected responses on its Qualtrics platform. The SRC did all data analysis. The online sample is from a panel of respondents, and their participation does not adhere to usual assumptions associated with random selection. Therefore, it is not appropriate to assign a classic margin of sampling error for the results. In this case, the SRC provides a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points to account for a traditional 95% confidence interval for the estimates (plus or minus 3.1 percentage points) and a design effect of 1.1 (based on the weighting). The data is weighed toward population estimates for age, gender, race/ethnicity and education 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 errors into the findings of opinion polls.

Further results and methodological details from the most recent survey and past surveys can be found at the Survey Research Center website. 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. See more information here.

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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.