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Pat McCrory’s approval ratings continue to slide

Gov. Pat McCrory’s job approval ratings have stopped their downward plunge. Now they are just trickling down.

In the latest Elon University Poll, 33% of N.C. registered voters polled said they approve of how McCrory is handling his job. That is down from 36% in September.  Not good, of course, but there is a bright side. The percentage who said they disapproved of his work? It dropped from 46% in September to 44% this month. (Both approval and disapproval are within the margin of error.)

Explanations: He’s been busy. the McCrory camp has spent six figures on television advertising over the past six weeks to burnish his image that had gotten tarnished by political fights over the summer. McCrory has also traveled the state cutting ribbons and speaking to civic groups. He’s even crossed the country for politics and business recruitment. The public’s overall distrust and animosity, even, for all government likely affects his numbers, too.

But memories are relatively short in politics.

Digging into the numbers:

Politics —  A dramatic split: 64% of Republicans approve of his job vs. 29% of Independents and only 15% of Democrats. Since September, the percentage of Republicans has risen and percentage of Democrats has dropped.

Gender — A split that is getting interesting: 37% of men vs. 30 % of women approve of how he is doing job. He has lost support primarily among men. Two months ago, it was wider: 41% of men vs 32% of women.

Race — His support among black registered voters continues to plummet. 40% of whites approve vs. just 12% of African Americans. In September, it was 42% white support and 22% black support.

Age — His highest rating comes from the 41-50 age group at 37%; lowest from the 31-40 age group at 28%.

— John Robinson

North Carolinians support drug testing for welfare recipients

Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill that would require all welfare recipients to submit to drug testing before receiving benefits. He called it “a recipe for government overreach and unnecessary government intrusion.” The General Assembly wasted no time in overriding his veto last month.

It seems as if the General Assembly has its finger on the public pulse this time. In the latest Elon University Poll, 74 percent of respondents supported the idea.

Digging into the numbers:

Political party: 91 percent of Republicans favored it, compared with 75 percent of Independents and 58 percent of Democrats.

Race: 80 percent of whites favored it compared with 51 percent of blacks.

Gender and age had little distinction in their support of the measure.

A point worth noting and, perhaps, smiling about: another poll suggests that North Carolinians think that drug testing should not stop at welfare recipients. A Public Policy Polling poll found this summer that 78 percent of North Carolinians  support mandatory drug testing for members of the General Assembly.

The Legislature didn’t extend the privilege to itself.

— John Robinson

North Carolina is headed in the wrong direction

Republicans took office this January pledging to change the direction that North Carolina was heading. By all accounts, they were successful.

Here’s the bad news: most North Carolinians who responded in the latest Elon University Poll don’t like it.

Fifty-nine percent said the state was headed in the wrong direction, compared with 32 percent who said the course was right. Unfortunately for the GOP, 49 percent blamed the Republicans, compared with just 19 percent pointing the finger at the Democrats. (27 percent blamed neither.)

Could be worse: 70 percent of North Carolinians said that the country was headed in the wrong direction.

Digging into the blame game on the state level:

Political party: 76 percent of Democrats blame Republicans, and 56 percent of Republicans blamed Democrats. Shocking!

Gender: 51 percent of men and 48 percent of women blame Republicans.

Age: 47 percent of 18-30-year olds ranging to 59 percent of 65+ blame Republicans.

Race: 46 percent of whites and 60 percent of blacks blame Republicans.

The dissatisfaction holds across the board throughout the poll as the General Assembly and Gov. McCrory saw their approval ratings drop.

The General Assembly took a number of controversial — and to some, unpopular — steps, including changing voting access, making abortion access stricter, loosening gun control and not giving teachers raises. Thousands rallied in protest every Monday during the spring and summer.

The state came in for damning coverage from the national news media, including editorials in the New York Times and the Washington Post. It’s unclear, though, how much the media coverage impacted the results. When asked if they had heard of the Moral Monday protests, for instance, 39 percent of respondents said they hadn’t.

Of course, it’s more than what happens in Raleigh. The state’s unemployment level is still high. People dissatisfied with Congress and the president are likely to carry their dissatisfaction over to the state level.

Meanwhile, the poll also shows that 29 percent of North Carolinians think the economy will get worse, with 26 percent thinking it will get better and 42 percent saying it will stay the same. (Most Democrats think it will get better or stay about the same; most Republicans think it will get worse or stay about the same.) Hardly a vote of confidence.

Gov. McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger have said they are proud of the work they did leading the state in a different, more conservative, direction. As people get used to the new legislation and its impacts, the numbers likely will change. Only time will tell in which direction.

— John Robinson