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New poll puts McCrory approval at 45 percent

A new National Research poll for the conservative Civitas Institute finds Gov. Pat McCrory’s approval in December is break even at 45 percent.

The Republican governor’s numbers roughly matches a poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling released a week ago. The two polling firms -- which poll different populations with different methods -- both put the survey in the field at the beginning of the month.

National Research, a Republican firm, found the same percentage approved of McCrory’s job as disapproved, according to results released Tuesday. Another 10 percent didn’t know. It is essentially the same mark as a month earlier, where it stood at 46 percent appproval to 44 percent disapproval. The poll called active voters -- those who have voted in one of the past two general elections -- using live pollsters and calling some cellphones. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 4 percent.

The Raleigh-based PPP put McCrory’s approval at 42 percent with 47 percent disapproving. PPP uses an automated polling system to call only land lines and reaches those who identify as registered voters. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 2.7 percent.

The two polling firms also had near identical findings for President Barack Obama’s approval. In the National Research poll, 45 percent approved and 54 percent disapproved.

The National Research poll found Democrats held a narrow -- and statistically insignificant -- edge in a generic match up for the state legislature in 2014, at 42 percent Democrat and 39 percent Republican. PPP found a similar margin in its survey.