Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Divergent Popularities for Edwards Couple

Between John and Elizabeth Edwards they make up the political figures with the highest and least levels of popularity with North Carolina voters of anyone PPP has polled on in the last year.

69% of voters in the state have an unfavorable opinion of Edwards, the worst figure PPP has ever found for a politician not just in North Carolina but anywhere in the country. 19% view him favorably.

But even with the controversy about Elizabeth Edwards' recent book and accusations that she enabled some of her husband's questionable decision making, she is still viewed positively by 58% of North Carolinians, a level higher than Barack Obama or any other politician that we polled on in the state. 22% have a negative opinion of her.

The numbers break down largely on party lines, although even Democrats have had enough of John and Republicans generally like Elizabeth. 30% of Democrats, 16% of independents, and 5% of Republicans hold a favorable opinion of the former Senator. 64% of Democrats, 56% of independents, and 50% of Republicans view his wife positively.

Full results here.

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