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Voter discontent weighs down approval ratings for NC’s governor, legislature (video)

Washington, D.C. hasn’t cornered the market on discontented voters. New October poll numbers show Governor Pat McCrory with just a 37% approval rating, with 51% saying they disapprove. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed also disapprove of the job the General Assembly is doing.

Tom Jensen, director for Public Policy Polling, says that McCrory started the year with 45% of voters giving him good marks. But following a contentious legislative session, and more recently the continued questions about the Department of Health and Human Services, the governor’s numbers remain “mired in the 30s.”

Governor Bev Perdue, McCrory’s predecessor, saw her approval rating fall her first year in office and her numbers never seemed to recover.  Jensen says McCrory could suffer the same fate, if he doesn’t find a way to reconnect with some of the Democrats and Independents who helped him capture the office last November.

Jensen points out that if there was an election for the state legislature today, Democrats would win — but only by a slim margin (44%/41%).

Jensen joins us this week on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to discuss the latest poll numbers for the governor, the legislature, and preview the 2014 U.S. Senate race. For a preview click below:

PPP surveyed 746 North Carolina voters October 4-6, a few days after the federal government shutdown.

5 Comments


  1. Frances Jenkins

    October 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Wonder if Tom removed any results before he printed ? The GA approval numbers were than this number and the Republicans picked up seats in both houses. Go figure.
    Vote for Jame Protzman at least he is honest.

  2. Alan

    October 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Honest? Unlike yourself Frances.

  3. Doug Gibson

    October 18, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I think what Frances meant to say was, “[Before the 2012 election] The GA approval numbers were [lower] than this number and the Republicans picked up seats in both houses.”

    I think what Frances wants us to believe is that redistricting played no role in that whatsoever.

    I think what Frances wants us to ignore is the way an unpopular legislative majority has fortified itself in custom-drawn districts.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    October 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Well….if it is PPP then you have to add at a minimum 10% to the approval rating to compensate for their liberal bias, then add another 5% to the rating to account for their discredited past. Once you add in for those, you get to a true reality. Now the gov is not looking too bad. .

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    October 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    PPP doesn’t just play games in NC. Looks like GA is privy to flawed results too.

    http://georgiatipsheet.com/2013/10/18/ppp-criticized-for-gaming-ga-poll-results/

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