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Poll: Obama’s approval rating stable while Perdue's, Congress’ ratings lower

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HIGH POINT, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The most recent HPU Poll, fielded by the High Point University Survey Research Center, finds that 44 percent of North Carolinians approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance – a stable finding compared to the last HPU Poll fielded in November. The poll also found that approval of Gov. Bev Perdue and Congress appear to be slightly lower with Perdue’s approval rating at 35 percent and the approval rating for Congress at a mere 11 percent.

Job approval questions:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Approve – 44 percent

Disapprove – 47 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 9 percent

“Our first approval reading of the new year shows neither improvement nor deterioration of the president’s standing with North Carolina residents,” said HPU Poll director Martin Kifer. “We’ll be watching in the coming months to see whether this approval rating moves decisively in one direction or another.”

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Bev Perdue is handling her job as governor?

Approve – 35 percent

Disapprove – 48 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 17 percent

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

Approve – 11 percent

Disapprove – 78 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 12 percent

“Residents of North Carolina do not appear to be highly supportive of either the governor or the U.S. Congress at this point in time,” said assistant HPU Poll director Sadie Leder. “This dissatisfaction with Congress in particular mirrors what we see at the national level.”

The survey also found that North Carolinians continue to be pessimistic about the economy nationally and within their home state.

Economic condition questions:

Right now, do you think the economic conditions in this country as a whole are getting better or getting worse?

Getting better – 42 percent

Getting worse – 45 percent

Neither better nor worse – 12 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 2 percent

Right now, do you think the economic conditions in the state of North Carolina are getting better or getting worse?

Getting better – 36 percent

Getting worse – 50 percent

Neither better nor worse – 11 percent

Don’t know/refuse – 4 percent

The High Point University Survey Research Center fielded the survey from Jan. 30-Feb. 2 and Feb. 4-9, 2012. The responses came from 660 adults with landline and cellular telephones in North Carolina selected by a Random Digit Dial (RDD) method giving the survey a margin of sampling error of approximately 4 percentage points. For smaller subsamples the margin of sampling error is larger. In addition to sampling error, factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional error into the findings of opinion polls.

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The reporter should note

The reporter should note that the Disapprove is stable as well. 47% now versus 48% in November. There is also a much higher sampling of Blacks than the general population.