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Civitas Poll: Perdue sees lowest approval ratings in nearly two years

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Despite satisfactory ratings for her handling of the Hurricane Irene disaster, Gov. Bev Perdue’s job approval rating is at its lowest percentage among North Carolina voters in nearly two years.

Forty-two percent of North Carolina voters said they approve of the job Bev Perdue is doing as governor. Forty-eight percent said they disapprove and 10 percent said they do not know or are undecided.

This is the lowest job approval rating for Perdue since an October 2009 Civitas poll when 42 percent of voters approved of the job she was doing as governor while 49 percent disapproved.

“Voters are not happy and elected officials, especially Governor Perdue, are seeing that displeasure in approval ratings that are reaching all time lows,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.

Looking at party registration, Republicans continue to disapprove of the job Perdue is doing as governor (19 percent approve to 72 percent disapprove). Since May, her job approval rating dropped 10 percent among unaffiliated voters to 38 percent approve to 48 percent disapproving. Meanwhile, Democratic voters view the job she is doing in an overall favorable light by a 61 percent to 30 percent margin.

Voters on the whole approve of the job Perdue did in the Hurricane Irene aftermath (66 percent approve to 14 percent disapprove).

“Despite voters’ general approval of the governor’s response to Hurricane Irene, they are still not happy with Perdue when considering her overall performance,” added De Luca.

The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.

Full Text of Questions:

“Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bev Perdue is doing as governor?”

Total Approve – 42%

Total Disapprove – 48%

Strongly Approve – 17%

Somewhat Approve – 25%

Somewhat Disapprove – 17%

Strongly Disapprove – 31%

Undecided/Don’t Know – 10%

“Do you approve or disapprove of the job Governor Bev Perdue did in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene?”

Total Approve – 66%

Total Disapprove – 14%

Strongly Approve – 38%

Somewhat Approve – 28%

Somewhat Disapprove – 5%

Strongly Disapprove – 9%

Undecided/Don’t Know – 20%

Refused -1%

This poll of 600 likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted September 22-25, 2011 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past three general elections (2006, 2008, 2010) or be newly registered to vote since November 2, 2010.

The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in at least one of the past three general elections or is newly registered since November 2, 2010.

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