Perdue's poll numbers improve a bit

Staff reportsAugust 12, 2009 

Gov. Beverly Perdue ’s decline in the polls appears to be bottoming out.

In fact, Perdue has had a slight up tick in her polling numbers, according to the latest survey by Public Policy Polling , a Democratic polling firm in Raleigh.

The firm found that 27 percent of North Carolina voters approve of the job she is doing, while 52 percent disapprove.

Those are still poor numbers, but better than last month when she had a 25 percent job approval rating.

Like most governors, Perdue’s popularity has badly sagged during the deep recession as she has proposed major cuts in government spending, furloughs for state employees, and tax increases, reports Rob Christensen.

But Perdue has improved her standing among Democrats in recent weeks after rejecting a budget proposal because of deep cuts in education and a proposal to tack an income tax surcharge on all taxpayers.

Her positive/negatives among Democrats rose from 38/40 in July to 42/36 in August, according to the survey.

The poll of 749 North Carolina voters was conducted August 4-10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

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