Gov. Bev Perdue's job performance rating continues to tumble, with less than one in three North Carolina voters approving of her performance and more than half disapproving, according to a new poll.
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic survey firm based in Raleigh, found that Republican challenger Pat McCrory maintained a double-digit lead among likely voters in a hypothetical matchup with Perdue, winning 52 percent to 41 percent, a slight improvement from last month.
Perdue's 32 percent approval rating is her lowest since March, down 6 percentage points from November. Her disapproval is at 51 percent. McCrory's favorability remained essentially the same (down 1 percentage point) and his unfavorable numbers improved from 28 percent to 24 percent ahead of his expected formal entry in the governor's race.
The ratings for Republican legislative leaders also declined slightly. Voters still put more faith in Perdue to lead the state compared with GOP legislators (42 percent to 38 percent) -- with Republicans' rating in this category falling 4 percentage points since November.
PPP pollster Tom Jensen included an interesting new question in January's poll, throwing former Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Michael Munger into the mix. Munger drew 6 percent. With him in the race, McCrory still leads Perdue 48 percent to 37 percent -- both candidates seeing their numbers fall in a hypothetical three-way contest.
Democrat state Rep. Bill Faison's numbers remain steadily dismal, with most voters saying they don't know him and those who do disapproving. The Orange County lawmaker -- who is making political moves toward higher office -- loses to McCrory by 20 points in a hypothetical matchup.
The automated survey polled 780 likely voters with a margin of error of 3.5 percent. See the full results here.