Barack Obama's approval rating in North Carolina has crept below 50% for the first time. 49% of voters in the state now give him good marks for his performance with 44% disapproving.
Obama's approval has been between 49 and 54% in the state over the last six months of PPP's polls. His main drop in the last month has come among independents. Where before they gave him good reviews by a margin of 49/43, they are now evenly split in their assessments of Obama at 44.
79% of Democrats but only 10% of Republicans approve of him.
The state might not be as enthused about Obama as it was earlier in his term but he is still preferred to Sarah Palin. 46% of voters have an unfavorable opinion of her, with 44% holding a positive one. Those numbers are largely unchanged from last fall when 41% said John McCain's selection of her made them less likely to vote for him, while 39% said her presence on the ticket made them more inclined to cast a GOP vote.
Pitted head to head, Obama leads Palin 49-42. That would be the best performance for a Democrat in the state since Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford by 11 points in 1976.
Obama has definitely seen a small decline in his popularity but keeping things in perspective, his approval is 14 points better than George W. Bush's 35% at this time two years ago. He's been able to sustain his base during his first six months in office, and if he's able to show any progress on the economy he should be able to regain some of the soft independent support he's lost in the last few months.
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