-Our first look at Bev Perdue's approval numbers since she announced she wouldn't seek reelection finds the same old story- 35% of voters approve of her while 53% disapprove. That -18 spread is pretty identical to the -19 one she had at 32/51 in January. Sometimes unpopular politicians receive a 'retirement bounce' when voters know they're on the way out but that's not the case for Perdue, at least yet.
-The North Carolina Legislature, controlled by Republicans, has a 15% approval rating with 55% of voters disapproving of it. That appears to have Democrats in a position to win back some of the seats they lost in 2010. 44% of voters generally say they plan to vote Democratic for the legislature this year, compared to 40% leaning toward GOP candidates.
Democrats may need to win the statewide legislative vote by a wider margin than that to get back a majority in the House or Senate given the new district lines, but these numbers would probably equate to their at least winning some seats back.
One person the General Assembly's bad poll numbers are a warning to is Pat McCrory. He has a big poll lead right now but he also has close ties to the unpopular legislature, and that may catch up to him further down the line.
-UNC and NC State fans are always arguing about who's the flagship university in the state so we took the question to the voters: 50% say it's UNC-Chapel Hill, 23% say it's NC State, 7% say it's East Carolina, and 11% say it's someone else. Every group we look at by ideology, gender, party, race, age, and regions says Carolina is the flagship.
North Carolinians would like to see their roster of professional sports teams filled out- 45% want a major league baseball team in the state while 29% do not and 26% don't have an opinion either way.
-North Carolinians have an incredibly negative opinion of Rush Limbaugh. Only 25% see him positively to 57% with a negative view. When it comes to the specific issue of his comments about Sandra Fluke only 13% of voters think they were appropriate, while 69% believe they were inappropriate. Opinion is more closely divided on whether advertisers should pull their spots from his show- 43% think they should disassociate with Limbaugh, but 41% think they should not.
-North Carolinians continue to be closely divided on their Senate delegation. Kay Hagan has a 40% approval rating with 39% of voters disapproving of her. And Richard Burr has a 34% approval rating with 37% of voters disapproving of him.
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