For the second month in a row Bev Perdue's disapproval rating has hit its highest mark ever. 59% of voters are unhappy with the job she's doing to only 30% who approve. Those numbers make her the most unpopular Governor in the country out of more than 40 sitting ones that PPP has polled on.
At the end of 2011 Perdue had a 37% approval rating with 48% of voters disapproving of her, but her numbers have gradually gotten worse since she announced she wouldn't seek reelection. The main decline has been with Democrats. In December she had a net +30 approval with 58% of them approving of her to 28% who disapproved. That's now dropped all the way down to +9 with only 47% giving her good marks and 38% unhappy.
Perdue has an opportunity right now to help improve her standing with the Democratic base by vetoing the fracking bill the House passed yesterday. A recent PPP poll conducted for a private client found that North Carolina Democrats oppose fracking by an almost 2:1 margin.
Shifting gears, PPP has looked many times at how voters in the state feel about the North Carolina-Duke rivalry, but never at the other permutations of the big three. Here's how they play out:
-When it comes to North Carolina State and Duke the Pack have the edge by a 40-26 margin. State is preferred over Duke in every region of the state. The biggest split along demographic lines in this rivalry is by gender- women prefer State only 37-32, but men go for them by a much wider 44-18 spread. People who root for UNC over both State and Duke cheer for State by a 60-22 margin when their two rivals are facing off.
-And we also took yet another look at public opinion on UNC and Duke and find the Tar Heels leading 42-25. Carolina leads with pretty much every demographic group. People who root for State over both UNC and Duke are closely divided when the two schools face each other- 38% go for UNC, 36% for Duke and 27% don't care either way.
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