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President Obama’s approval rating sinks in N.C.

President Obama’s job approval ratings continue to sink in North Carolina.

In February, 47 percent of respondents approved of his leadership. Now, it’s down to 38 percent. And the biggest shift was among 18-30-year olds. More on that in a moment.

These numbers are similar to numbers reflected in the national polls. The latest Gallup Poll, Obama was at 45 percent, and that’s toward the high end.

While it’s impossible from our results to pinpoint any one reason, it is worth noting that his position on Syria was opposed by most Americans in a number of polls. (In North Carolina, 47 percent of respondents disapproved of his stance compared with 37 percent who approved.)

Add to that an economy that is still slow to recover nearly five years into his term, and uncertainty about the Affordable Health Care Act. And then there are nagging questions about Benghazi and spying on Americans.

Disapproval of his administration’s actions cast a wide net.

Digging into the numbers:

Age: Obama lost big in the 18-30 group. Only 38 percent of that demographic approve of his performance. Last April, that number was 57 percent. Why? You can point to stagnant employment growth, concerns over Syria and general disillusionment over the nation’s direction.

Political party: 79 percent of Democrats approve of him; 6 percent of Republicans do. Those numbers are nearly identical to our last poll in April.

Race: 83 percent of blacks approve vs. 26 percent of whites. That’s a decline among whites of 7 percentage points from in April.

Gender: 41 percent of women approve of him; 35 percent of men do. The decline has been equal in both genders.

He’s in his second term and can’t run again. His approval rating, though, will impact the 2014 mid-term elections in North Carolina. It’s doubtful that any House seats will flip, but Republicans are focusing on Democrat Kay Hagan’s Senate seat. It will be interesting to see how closely she aligns with the administration as the campaign gets hotter.

— John Robinson

Gov. McCrory’s job approval rating sinks in N.C.

Although they represent different parties, Gov. Pat McCrory and President Obama share the same plight: plunging approval ratings.

Gov. McCrory’s have dropped 7 percentage points since February, when he had been in office for about a month. Now, eight months, a General Assembly session and two vetoes later, his approval rating is at 36 percent. Disapproval: 46 percent.

Digging into the numbers:

Political party: A huge difference. 58 percent of Republicans think he’s doing a good job vs. 18 percent of Democrats. And the dropoff by Democrats has been steep. Last April, 31 percent of Democrats liked his performance (Republicans: 66 percent.)

Gender: 41 percent of men approve vs. 32 percent of women.

Race: 42 percent of whites approve vs. 22 percent of blacks. The dropoff in support among African Americans in the last five months was distinct, too. Last April, he had the support of 49 percent of whites and 40 percent of blacks.

It’s not surprising. The General Assembly passed some dramatic legislation pertaining to abortion, gun control and voting, among other things, and McCrory signed them. He vetoed two bills, which the legislature promptly overturned. Protests began on Mondays at the capital, and attendance grew in number each week, reaching several thousand people.

Meanwhile, McCrory made some public relations missteps, notably saying he mingled with the protesters regularly when he didn’t, and endorsing the high salaries given to political appointees with little experience.

Not to be outdone, the national news media hasn’t been kind to him or the General Assembly.

For his part, Gov. McCrory isn’t giving ground. He often spoken on taking the long view and needing to step on toes to get things done. He can afford it, too, because he’s not up for re-election for three years, and he doesn’t need to work with the General Assembly for another year.

— John Robinson