Here is the year end North Carolina report card for North Carolina politicians.
Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and Republican Sen. Richard Burr have shown improvement. Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is holding steady. And Democratic President Barack Obama has declined.
That is according to survey data from Public Policy Polling, a Raleigh-based firm with Democratic leanings.
The firm looked at how Tar Heel residents viewed those four figures at the end of 2010 compared to how they viewed them at the end of 2009.
Perdue showed the most improvement, with her standing rising 17 points.
A year ago, Perdue had an approval/disapproval rating of 27/53. Now it is 35/44.
As pollster Tom Jensen put it, she has gone from “being incredibly unpopular to just somewhat unpopular.” Despite the 17-point gain, she is still six points behind the average governor elsewhere in the country, Jensen said.
A year ago, Burr's approval rating was 35/37. Today it stands at 36/34.
“Burr's name recognition went up over the course of the year as he advertised on television but two months removed form the election, voters seem to have forgotten about him already – the level of ambivalence toward him is higher than for just about any other senator in the country,” Jensen said.
Hagan has hardly moved. A year ago, she had an approval/disapproval rating of 36/44 rating and today it stands at 36/43.
“Although Perdue is generally thought of as the state's most unpopular politician,” Jensen said, “Hagan actually performs worse compared to the mean of her peers at this point.”
Obama's approval/disapproval rating has dropped in North Carolina during the past 12 months from 48/47 to 46/49.
Jensen said Obama's standing in North Carolina “is essentially identical compared to where he is nationwide.” Jensen that may seem surprising because Obama ran seven points behind in North Carolina than he did in the rest of the country in 2008. But Jensen said Obama's polling numbers are holding up better in states with substantial African-American populations such as North Carolina.