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New HPU poll shows dropping approval rates for Obama, McCrory

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Governor Pat McCrory and President Barack Obama both have approval ratings that are dropping according to a new HPU poll Governor Pat McCrory and President Barack Obama both have approval ratings that are dropping according to a new HPU poll

HIGH POINT, NC (WECT) – A new poll released Monday by High Point University shows most of the responders believe the country is on the wrong track, and are dissatisfied with the job being done by North Carolina's top political leaders.

The survey of 408 adults in the state took place from Sept. 8-12, 2013. It found job approval ratings of less than 50% for President Obama (39%), Governor Pat McCrory (39%), Senator Kay Hagan (40%) and Senator Richard Burr (36%).

In the spring, an HPU Poll surveyed 548 adults in NC and found a 49 percent approval rating for McCrory and a 43 percent approval rating for Obama.

The new poll also finds that more than two thirds (69%) of the respondents believe the country is on the wrong track versus only 20% see the country headed in the right direction.

"Our polling suggests that North Carolinians are feeling particularly negative about the direction of the country," Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, assistant professor of psychology and associate director of the HPU Poll said in an email news release. "This general feeling of discontent plus the public's specific evaluations of these elected officials is resulting in relatively low approval. The question going forward is whether this is a particularly low point—which we have seen previously in the past few years—or a new normal for these politicians."

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