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Republicans and think-tankers on the right are excitedly touting the latest survey from Public Policy Polling that shows Governor Beverly Perdue’s job approval rating has dropped to 30 percent, down 13 points since February.

That certainly must be worrisome to the Democratic establishment, but it is not entirely surprising, given the budget problems and the condition of the state’s economy. Perdue didn’t cause the crisis, she inherited it, but people need a place to focus their anger and frustration and she is in charge now, so she’s the one they are beginning to blame.

The same jubilant anti-government crowd crowing about those results doesn’t say much about what else the poll found. Sixty percent of voters in North Carolina support raising taxes on people who earn more than $200,000 a year, a proposal that is part of the revenue package the House approved over the weekend.

Doesn’t sound like the irrational slash-and-burn budget talk and anti-tax tea party rhetoric is going over so well.

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