Many in NC withholding judgment on McCrory

Posted March 4, 2013

— Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is about two months into his term and has an approval rating of 42 percent, but a large segment of the state is withholding judgment on him, according to a poll released Monday.

The Elon University Poll, which surveyed 891 people statewide last week, also found that the General Assembly is held in fairly low esteem. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.28 percentage points.

A third of those surveyed said they don't yet know whether McCrory is doing a good job, while 26 percent said they disapprove of his early performance. Not surprisingly, Republican respondents gave the governor high marks – 61 percent approve, 9 percent disapprove – but even 30 percent of them said they don't know.

“Because the governor has held office for less than two months, it is not surprising that almost 32 percent of respondents said they were not sure whether they approved or disapproved of the governor’s performance,” Elon University Poll director Kenneth Fernandez said in a statement.

Democratic respondents said they disapprove of McCrory by a 42 to 26 percent margin, and women and blacks also gave him tepid marks.

Democratic lawmakers have accused the governor and the GOP-controlled General Assembly of waging a "war on women" and a "war on the poor" with some of their legislative priorities.

Approval of the General Assembly, by comparison, was only 33 percent, with 42 percent disapproving and 26 percent unsure.

As with McCrory, women and blacks were most critical of the legislature, with 40 and 48 percent disapproval ratings, respectively. Even men and white respondents gave lawmakers low marks, however.

When asked which party was doing the best job for North Carolina, Republicans outpolled Democrats by 37 to 32 percent. Also, 39 percent of respondents said the GOP now has too much influence in Raleigh, while 24 percent said the party should have more power.


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  • tracmister Mar 4, 2013

    It's way too early to tell what kind of job that McCrory will do. The legislature, on the other hand is a different story. I've seen on thing related to jobs with fast track, but nothing else. They've had two years to plan and have done little. McCrory may be a good governor, but he needs a better legislature to work with.

  • jason19 Mar 4, 2013

    "One thing I would like to see the Govenor do is 'lock' the lottery money box so it can't be 'robbed' again."--stymieindurham

    First, there is no such thing as a "lock box." It's only as "locked" as the General Assembly allows. That is, if they decide to lock it by law one day, they can unlock it by law another day.

    Second, the governor cannot create laws to begin with. Only the General Assembly can do that.

  • jason19 Mar 4, 2013

    "It's not pleasant that he comes in after the disaster Bev left the state in financially"--Nancy

    First of all, no governor (whether McCrory or Perdue) controls the state's purse strings. The governor is head of the executive branch, not the legislative branch. Legislators in the General Assembly control the state's finances.

    Second, if you are unhappy about North Carolina's current state of affairs, then you need to talk to the General Assembly, which has been super-controlled by Republicans for over 2 years and overrode most vetoes by Perdue during her last 2 years of office. So no, Perdue had her hands tied by the Republican-controlled General Assembly for the second half of her administration, and affairs actually got worse during that time.

  • Nancy Mar 4, 2013

    It's not pleasant that he comes in after the disaster Bev left the state in financially, robbing the education fund, DOT and everything else she could to produce a balanced budget. And then there is that matter of the $2.5 billion owed the feds for those never ending extensions of unemployment benefits.

    So far, I like the direction he's taking with respect to trimming the spending and getting some control back in place.

    Sure beats continuing the path we were on financially.

  • stymieindurham Mar 4, 2013

    HOLD UP!!!!! Here's another one of those usless ELON polls. WRAL aren't there other polsters in NC besides this ELON????

  • stymieindurham Mar 4, 2013

    One thing I would like to see the Govenor do is "lock" the lottery money box so it can't be "robbed" again.

  • stymieindurham Mar 4, 2013

    Objective Scientist - - - -So, what causes you to "cringe"?

  • icdmbpppl Mar 4, 2013

    I wish WRAL would get off the governor's back. There is a double standard here. Bev got a pass on everything since she was a democrat--terrible governor, but that's okay with the liberals at WRAL.

  • Objective Scientist Mar 4, 2013

    As a political independent - and a very VERY INDEPENDENT independent - I truly don't care if the Governor is a man or woman, white, black, hispanic, other, a Democrat or a Republican, or whatever he/she calls him/herself. I always adopt a "wait and see" attitude toward ANY and ALL politicians. I like some of what McCrory has said/done, but I have also "cringed" at some of what he has said/done. I have done more "cringing" than liking what the current Legislature has done/is doing. McCory - I believe has the potential to be a very good Governor - but, "only time will tell" for the people of NC.