Last month we asked kind of a fun question on our big monthly North Carolina poll, looking at who the favorites and least favorites are among the last five Presidents with voters in the state. Ronald Reagan came out as the most popular and George W. Bush as the least.
We'll do the same thing with Governors this month. Until yesterday I thought there would be strong competition between Mike Easley and Bev Perdue for the least popular mantle but I imagine that's pretty firmed up now. I would expect Jim Hunt to get top honors although Jim Martin could give him a run for it assuming NC Republicans, many of whom didn't live here between 1985 and 1993, know who he is.
We're going to do the Senators in July. A year ago at this time I would have put money on Jesse Helms winning both most popular and least popular honors but John Edwards will probably edge him out on the latter front at this point.