Under the Dome

Poll: Honeymoon period for McCrory may be fading

Gov. Pat McCrory starts his term of governor fairly popular, but with his approval rating having dropped since his sweeping November election victory

McCrory's approval rating is 45 percent, with a 19 percent disapproval rating and 19 percent uncertain, according to Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm based in Raleigh. That is down eight points from a month ago.

His approval ratings are somewhat better than those of his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue after a month in office. Her approval rating than was 43 percent, with a 32 percent disapproval.

It is not clear why McCrory's numbers dropped. His Cabinet picks were greeted by a ho hum by the public with 31 percent approving, 24 percent disapproving and 45 percent not sure of his choices.

Most people were clueless about the two most talked about picks. His choice of Raleigh businessman Art Pope was viewed favorably by 12 percent, unfavorably by 19 percent, with 69 percent unsure.

Same thing for Tony Tata, the new transportation secretary, who was viewed favorably by 14 percent, unfavorably by 19 percent, and 67 percent were not sure.

McCrory had the approval of 73 percent of Republicans, 43 percent of independents and 26 percent of Democrats.

McCrory's support crossed ideological lines. He was approved by 85 percent of self-described “very conservatives,' 52 percent of “somewhat conservatives,'' 34 percent of moderates, 38 percent of “somewhat liberal” and 12 percent who are “very liberal.''

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

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