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New polls show voters split on McCrory, Hagan

A new poll from the conservative Civitas Institute echoes recent survey numbers showing Gov. Pat McCrory’s approval ratings split.

The poll, conducted by Republican firm National Research, shows 48 percent approve of the job McCrory’s doing and 42 percent disapprove. Three percent were unsure.

A recent Rasmussen Reports poll showed similar numbers, with 46 percent approving of McCrory’s job performance and 47 percent disapproving. These numbers include 15 percent who strongly approve and 29 percent who strongly disapprove.

Both polls show better numbers for McCrory compared to a December Civitas poll, which listed his job approval rating at 45 percent. But his advantage in the Rasmussen poll is within the margins.

In the Civitas poll, the governor’s favorability rating didn’t match his approval numbers with 43 percent reporting a favorable opinion of the governor and 44 percent unfavorable.

Civitas also found President Barack Obama’s favorability was slightly higher than McCrory’s, though still below half. Forty-six percent of those surveyed reported a favorable opinion with 50 percent unfavorable.

The numbers essentially reinforce the results from a High Point University survey reported earlier this week.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s numbers fell in January, according to Civitas. The poll showed a 38 percent job approval rating and 45 percent disapproval. Sixteen percent of those surveyed said they were unsure.

But her approval and favorability questions were included with survey questions that labeled Hagan purely as a Democratic Obama supporter, while saying a Republican would act as a check and balance on the president’s policies – a debatable juxtaposition.

Thirty percent of those surveyed said they would re-elect Hagan, with 56 percent saying they would vote to elect someone new and 14 percent remaining unsure.

The Civitas poll was conducted January 23, 25 and 26 with live telephone calls and sampled 600 registered voters in the state. The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percent.

The Rasmussen Reports poll was conducted January 22 and 23 and surveyed 500 likely voters via automated telephone calls. The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percent.

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