Bev Perdue may have had a bad news week after her comments about suspending Congressional elections, but she doesn't appear to be suffering much political damage from it. We find Perdue trailing Pat McCrory this month by a 47-42 margin, only 1 point worse than the 45-41 deficit she faced last month. This is the second closest Perdue's been to McCrory in our monthly polling all year, behind only September.
Perdue's approval rating has slipped some, from 40/44 last month to now 37/51. 37% actually matches the second best approval we've found for her all year though- what the decline shows is that Perdue was not able to hang on to the bounce she got after voters gave her strong marks for her handling of Hurricane Irene. But her current numbers are in line with where they've been for most of the year and don't suggest that she was particularly hurt by the fall out from her comments last week.