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N.C. Opinions: High Point

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Obama, McCrory are in same boat, says N.C. poll

From an editorial published in the High Point Enterprise on Wednesday:

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and President Barack Obama have few common denominators as they lead their political parties at their respective levels of government. But they do have one thing in common – their constituents in North Carolina aren’t particularly happy with them right now.

A poll conducted last week by High Point University Survey Research Center finds that North Carolina residents surveyed give McCrory and Obama the exact same job approval rating – 39 percent.

Maybe it’s the economy and unemployment; maybe it’s Syria (for Obama); maybe it’s all the GOP changes here (for McCrory). Or maybe it’s just that everyone was in a bad mood when polled and it’s easy to blame the highest elected officials.

Although McCrory and Obama both received 39 percent approval ratings, McCrory did fare a little better in the disapproval category. According to the HPU survey of 408 adults, 52 percent said they disapproved of the job Obama is doing while only 42 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the job McCrory is doing. That also means that in McCrory’s case, 19 percent of those polled aren’t sure about his performance but only 10 percent aren’t sure about Obama’s performance.

A key to determining why both Obama and McCrory gained just 39 percent approvals in the survey may lie in the responses to another question: Do you think things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have gotten seriously off on the wrong track?

Regarding that question, 20 percent of respondents said the country is moving in the right direction … just 20 percent … while 69 percent of respondents said the country is on the wrong track. The remaining 11 percent didn’t know or didn’t answer.

So, just one in five people in North Carolina thinks the country is moving in the right direction. The HPU survey didn’t identify political affiliations of respondents (which would be a nice feature for the future), but when just one in five is happy with the direction the country is headed, political parties of leaders isn’t really going to matter.

It’s more about where we’re headed than which political party is leading us. And lately, neither one of them seems capable of moving us in that right direction.

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