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 arent 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 its the economy and unemployment; maybe its Syria (for Obama); maybe its all the GOP changes here (for McCrory). Or maybe its just that everyone was in a bad mood when polled and its 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 McCrorys case, 19 percent of those polled arent sure about his performance but only 10 percent arent sure about Obamas 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 didnt know or didnt answer.
So, just one in five people in North Carolina thinks the country is moving in the right direction. The HPU survey didnt 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 isnt really going to matter.
Its more about where were 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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