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High Point University poll shows McCrory's approval falling 10 points

Gov. Pat McCrory's approval rating declined 10 points in six months, according to the latest High Point University poll released Monday.

The HPU poll found North Carolina resident put the Republican's approval rating at 39 percent -- equal to President Barack Obama. Another 42 percent disapprove of McCrory's handling of his job -- a 17 percent increase from six months ago -- with 19 percent unsure, HPU found. The poll, which has an approval rating of plus-or-minus 5 percent -- did not screen for registered voters or likely voters.

It tracks other polling. Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm who reached registered voters over roughly the same period in early September, put McCrory's approval in the same ballpark -- at 35 percent -- though it found much higher disapproval, at 53 percent.

In a HPU poll from March, McCrory enjoyed a 49 percent approval rating with 25 percent disapproving.

Other findings in the new HPU poll:

--Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's approval rating isn't much better. About 40 percent approve of her job performance with 28 percent disapproving. Another 32 percent don't know -- a large number that will likely change as the 2014 U.S. Senate race gets underway in earnest in coming months.

--Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is likewise not great. About 36 percent approve with 25 percent disapproving. Another 39 percent are unsure.

--Obama has the highest disapproval at 52 percent among the four elected officials tested.

--About 20 percent of North Carolina residents think the country is doing in the right direction, compared to 69 percent who say wrong direction.

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