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Perdue's low approval ratings show slight improvement

Posted November 16, 2009

— Gov. Bev Perdue still has a low approval rating, but her numbers have improved in the past month, particularly among Democrats, according to the latest survey by Public Policy Polling.

Thirty percent of people surveyed said the approved of Perdue's job performance, while 49 percent disapproved. In October, 54 percent of poll participants expressed disapproval, while 24 percent approved.

Perdue had higher marks in the Triangle, where 41 percent of respondents approved of her performance.

Among Democrats, those approving of Perdue's performance rose from 38 percent in October to 46 percent in November. The numbers of those disapproving slipped from 39 percent to 32 percent.

Twenty-four percent of independents and 11 percent of Republicans expressed approval.

"Bev Perdue still has a long way to go," said Dean Debham, president of the liberal-leaning PPP. "But, at least, it appears she may have stopped the bleeding. Her big problem is a lack of popularity with her core supporters."

Forty-seven percent of survey respondents said that Perdue is too liberal, while 39 percent said she is about right and 14 percent thought she is too conservative.

When asked to assign Perdue a letter grade, 28 percent gave her C and 22 percent rated her a B, while 35 percent gave her a D or F and 15 percent assigned an A.

PPP's analysts said in a blog that those ratings leave Perdue with room to improve her standing with voters.

"That's an indication there is a lot of ambiguity in voters' feelings toward Perdue, and that while they lean toward disapproving of her right now, getting their support back over the next three years is not an impossibility," the analysts wrote.

PPP surveyed 711 North Carolina voters from Nov. 9-11. The survey’s margin of error is +/-3.7 percent.


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  • aintbackingdwn Nov 17, 2009

    This lady is so far moved from reality. She indeed looks nuts.

  • Fuquayone Nov 16, 2009

    She's busy reviewing her flight logs now for the next investigation in a few years.

  • time4real Nov 16, 2009

    dingbat Bev, gotta love her!

  • time4real Nov 16, 2009

    she looks rather weathered and worn in her first year of her one term for sure!

  • nobama Nov 16, 2009

    Perdue would not have won the governorship if it were not for BHO. So many people thought the democrats were going to cure all our problems we never really looked closely at the candidates. It was clear if you watched the debates that Perdue was not the most intelligent candidate and that is putting it kindly. Picture a college professor and a 5 year old. Even though she is a nice lady the job is simply overwhelming for her.

  • lkanzig Nov 16, 2009

    the only high marks she has been getting is from her buddies she got cushy jobs and probably from the people in asia she met with while on vacation ooops i mean business trip!

  • Here kitty kitty Nov 16, 2009

    I haven't had chance to read comments to see if anything here has been stated, but has anything been said about what she accomplished in China or Japan?

  • G-man Nov 16, 2009

    DC88: You think calling someone a redneck shows how classy you are? The democrats have run this state's government for well over a 100 years and she is just more of the same old crooks. If you want to try to insult someone you should at least know what you are talking about. And by the way, us conservative rednecks would like to take you huntin one day if you get back this way.

  • NCTravellinman Nov 16, 2009

    The story headline sounds more like a hospital death bed prognosis.

  • VT1994Hokie Nov 16, 2009

    I would give her a D- on her report card. Report to the principal's office with your parents.