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High Point poll: View of McCrory split between parties

A new High Point University poll finds voters firmly split by party affiliation in their view of Gov. Pat McCrory and other issues.

Likely primary voters were asked if they approved or disapproved of the job Gov. Pat McCrory was doing. Sixty-nine percent of Democrats disapproved and 21 percent approved. Among Republicans, 74 percent approved and 13 percent disapproved.

Voters were also asked to evaluate U.S. Sen Burr’s job performance: 49 percent of Democrats disapproved, 23 percent approved; 49 percent of Republicans approved and 21 percent disapproved.

Those surveyed also differed on what are the important issues of the day. For instance, Republicans said national security was the most important problem facing the country; Democrats chose education.

“These stark divisions on their views of the country, the state and elected officials show that Democratic and Republican primary voters are carrying very different attitudes to the ballot box,” Brian McDonald, associate director of the poll and adjunct professor, said in a statement accompanying the poll.

The poll was conducted in live interviews on Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, with 478 likely Democratic primary voters and 477 likely Republican primary voters. There was a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

Full details can be found at http://bit.ly/1Wb0EGd.