Under the Dome

McCrory, Hagan faring well in latest poll

Nearly half of the people asked in a recent survey weren’t sure what to make of new Gov. Pat McCrory yet. The Civitas Poll found 48 percent were either undecided or didn’t know.

But almost as many – 41 percent – approved of the job he is doing, according to the poll of voters taken Jan. 14 and 15. Eleven percent disapproved of the Republican governor, according to the poll by the conservative group.

Earlier this month, Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm, found similar results: 45 percent approving of McCrory’s job performance and 19 percent disapproving.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, received a 45 percent approval rating, with 27 percent disapproving. Hagan is up for re-election next year. The poll found 15 percent strongly approved of her job performance.

The takeaway? McCrory is riding off the wave of his recent election, but Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “He can’t coast. He’ll have to bring some of the undecided voters on board if he is to make his mark as governor.”

De Luca cautioned Hagan that Sen. Elizabeth Dole in early 2007 had positive polling but lost re-election by a surprisingly big margin in 2008.

The Civitas Poll of 600 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

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