Gov. Pat McCrory has a higher job approval rating than does President Barack Obama in North Carolina, according to a new poll.
McCrory, a Republican, has an approval rating of 50 percent, an disapproval rating of 25 percent, while 25 percent don't know or didn't offer an opinion, according to a new High Point University Poll.
Obama, a Democrat, had an approval rating of 44 percent, a disapproval rating of 48 percent, with 8 percent not knowing or not offering an opinion, the poll found.
Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, has an approval rating of 38 percent, a disapproval rating of 22 percent, with 40 percent offering no opinion. Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican, has an approval rating of 36 percent, a disapproval rating of 20 percent, with 43 percent offering no opinion.
Most North Carolinians polled (64 percent) thought the country was heading on the wrong track, while 28 percent thought it was heading in the right direction.
The spin: “After his inauguration, there are signs Governor McCrory has improved his standing with registered voters, but President Obama has had some trouble breaking out of the 40s in terms of approval,” said Martin Kifer, the poll's director, who is an assistant political science director at High Point University. “It may be that North Carolinians are giving the new governor a chance but (are) not convinced that things are going well in Washington D.C.''
The survey of 481 registered voters was taken March 17-21 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.