HPU poll: Obama at 44% approval ratings, McCrory at 50

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President Barack Obama

HIGH POINT, N.C. – A new High Point University poll found 44 percent of registered voters in North Carolina approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance while 48 percent disapprove.

The poll also found that 50 percent of the same registered voters approve of newly elected North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s job performance, while 25 percent disapprove and 25 percent didn’t know or refused to answer.

The poll said approval ratings for the two North Carolina U.S. Senators remained in the 30s with many registered voters declining to offer an opinion one way or another on them.

Senator Kay Hagan received the approval of 38 percent of registered voters while Senator Richard Burr had a rating of 36 percent.

“After his inauguration, there are signs Governor McCrory has improved his standing with registered voters, but President Obama has had some trouble breaking out of the 40s in terms of approval,” said Dr. Martin Kifer, assistant professor of political science and director of the HPU Poll, according to a prepared statement.

The poll also found that a large majority – 64 percent of registered voters in the state – see the country as being on the “wrong track” rather than going in the “right direction.”

School officials said the most recent survey was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on March 17–21, 2013.

Officials said the responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 548 adults with landline or cellular telephones.

The study was reportedly based on data from 481 self-identified registered voters within that larger set of responses.

Organizers said the survey has an estimated margin of sampling error of approximately 4.5 percentage points for these registered voters.

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