A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Gov. Pat McCrory’s poll numbers are rebounding.
His approval rating in the Democratic firm’s December poll is 42 percent. But his overall job performance is still negative with 47 percent disapproving. Another 11 percent are unsure.
It’s an improvement from September when the Republican governor’s approval rating hit a low 35 percent with 53 percent disapproving. The upward trend comes after a private nonprofit spent about $800,000 on TV ads promoting McCrory and the dust settled from the contentious legislative session.
McCrory’s approval rating has returned to near where he started in January (45 percent) but his disapproval rating remains 28 points higher. PPP pollster Tom Jensen attributes the shift to independents rekindling their affection, split now at 44 percent to 43 percent, and Republican sentiment improving, giving him a 6-point bump compared to September.
The poll of North Carolina registered voters has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.7 percent.
Other findings from the survey: