Nearly half of North Carolina residents surveyed this month hold a favorable view of Gov. Pat McCrory – making him more popular than President Barack Obama and the state’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Richard Burr.
According to a High Point University poll released Monday, about 47 percent of North Carolinians approve of McCrory’s performance. That’s an improvement over the 43 percent approval rating the Charlotte Republican got in August from a Public Policy Polling survey.
And while 47 percent isn’t much to brag about, McCrory proved to be the most popular politician evaluated in the poll. Obama’s approval rating stands at 43 percent, while 36 percent of those polled approved of Hagan, who lost her re-election bid earlier this month.
The news is even worse for Burr, who will be up for re-election in 2016. His approval rating stands at 29 percent, though the low number is tempered by the fact that 43 percent of the people surveyed had no opinion about him.
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“The HPU Poll’s first post-election approval ratings show that North Carolinians who disapprove of their elected officials’ performance continue to outnumber those who approve,” poll director Martin Kifer said in a news release.
“If there are any big changes coming in how people feel about their government, we do not yet see them in this poll.”