On Wednesday we'll release our first approval figures for Barack Obama and Bev Perdue in North Carolina. One thing we can tell you for sure is that they'll be a lot better than their predecessors' numbers were down the stretch.
The final poll we took on Mike Easley's approval, last June, showed 33% of voters approving of his job performance with 37% disapproving.
I regret that we stopped tracking President Bush's approval in the state last year, mostly because it was becoming a broken record, but in November of 2007 53% of voters viewed him negatively with only 41% having a positive opinion of his work. Those numbers were even worse in other polling I saw over the course of 2008.
We're going to be more careful about tracking Obama and Perdue's approval every month so that there's a good historical record of how it changes over time.