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Obama not as popular as he used to be in North Carolina

President Barack Obama will begin his second term in office, with weaker support among North Carolinians than he did four years ago.

Obama begins with an approval rating of 46 percent, a disapproval rating of 52 percent and with 3 percent not sure among North Carolina voters, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh.

Four years ago, Obama took office with the support of 52 percent of Tar Heel residents, with 41 percent disapproving him.

There is a sharp partisan divide. Democrats approve of him by a 74-23 percent margin, while Republicans disapprove of him by a 88-9 percent margin, with independents disapproving with 57-41 percent margin.

The survey of 608 registered voters was conducted January 10-13.


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