Poll finds Pat McCrory’s approval ratings fall

Posted by Katie Reilly on January 16, 2014 

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s approval rating fell in January following three months of improving numbers, according to a new poll.

His current approval rating of 37 percent is down from 42 percent in December. The percentage of voters who disapprove remained steady at 47 percent, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Thursday.

“North Carolinians aren't particularly happy with any of their politicians though,” said pollster Tom Jensen.

The Democratic firm’s poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.6 percentage points. It is also the first North Carolina poll conducted with new methods that use web surveys to reach those without land-line phones in addition to the traditional automated calls.

Among other issues, the survey asked North Carolina voters about teacher pay. At 72 percent, a majority of voters think teachers are paid too little, while 20 percent think they make the right amount and just 3 percent think they are paid too much.

“Teacher pay isn't the only thing North Carolinians are agreeing about across party lines right now,” Jensen said. “There is deep unhappiness with the performance of the state's Department of Health and Human Services.”

Just 15 percent of voters approve of the job the department is doing, while 50 percent disapprove, the poll found.

These polling results come after news that the department violated federal privacy rules by sending nearly 50,000 children’s insurance cards to incorrect addresses.

While 38 percent of voters believe DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos should be replaced, 48 percent do not have an opinion about her removal. Another 14 percent think she should stay.

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