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

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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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Gov. Perdue suggests ignoring constitution and letting Congress skip elections

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

RALEIGH (WTVD) — Fed up with the inaction in Washington? Governor Beverly Perdue suggested a solution during an appearance Tuesday at the Rotary Club in Cary, NC.

She proposed suspending congressional elections for two years so Congress can focus on the economy and job creation and less on politics and the next election.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them – whatever decisions they make – to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that,” Perdue said.

“You want people who don’t worry about the next election,” she continued.

The comment, first reported by the News and Observer newspaper, was quickly picked up by the conservative website Drudge Report.

Perdue’s office soon backed away from the statement, saying she was joking. On the governor’s Facebook page, Press Secretary Chris Mackey said:

“Come on…Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve.”

Former NC gubernatorial candidate Pat McCory, who’s expected to challenge Perdue again in 2012, wasn’t satisfied.

“Not only does this bizarre commentary suggest ignoring the Constitution, but does Governor Perdue forget her own inability to work with the Legislature, regardless if controlled by Democrats or Republicans? Governor, those in glass houses should not throw stones. We look forward to all of the upcoming elections in North Carolina in 2012,” he offered in a statement.

Expect the comment to be political fodder for days to come. Tuesday evening, the conservative Civitas Institute had already launched an online petition using Perdue’s words to raise money.

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Boiling Spring Lakes board voices concerns over proposed sewer system cost

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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Hendersonville woman dies when wheelchair is hit

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (AP) – A Hendersonville woman has died after her motorized wheelchair was hit by a pickup truck.

Police say 42-year-old Jessica Brooks was trying to cross the five lanes of U.S. Highway 25 when she was hit by a truck about 9:15 p.m. Monday.

Hendersonville police say no charges have been filed. The investigation is continuing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Gov. Perdue suggests ignoring constitution and letting Congress skip elections; Updated with audio

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

RALEIGH (WTVD) — Fed up with the inaction in Washington? Governor Beverly Perdue suggested a solution during an appearance Tuesday at the Rotary Club in Cary, NC.

She proposed suspending congressional elections for two years so Congress can focus on the economy and job creation and less on politics and the next election.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them – whatever decisions they make – to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that,” Perdue said.

“You want people who don’t worry about the next election,” she continued.

The comment, first reported by the News and Observer newspaper, was quickly picked up by the conservative website Drudge Report.

Perdue’s office soon backed away from the statement, saying she was joking. On the governor’s Facebook page, Press Secretary Chris Mackey said:

“Come on…Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve.”

Former NC gubernatorial candidate Pat McCory, who’s expected to challenge Perdue again in 2012, wasn’t satisfied.

“Not only does this bizarre commentary suggest ignoring the Constitution, but does Governor Perdue forget her own inability to work with the Legislature, regardless if controlled by Democrats or Republicans? Governor, those in glass houses should not throw stones. We look forward to all of the upcoming elections in North Carolina in 2012,” he offered in a statement.

Expect the comment to be political fodder for days to come. Tuesday evening, the conservative Civitas Institute had already launched an online petition using Perdue’s words to raise money.

THE RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER HAS POSTED AUDIO OF PERDUE’S SPEECH TUESDAY. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/was_perdue_joking_you_de…

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