Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Perdue struggling in Charlotte

Bev Perdue opened an office in Charlotte and has made a point of visiting the city, but voters there still don't think she's been attentive to them since taking office.

58% of voters feel she's been inattentive to the city's needs so far, while just 25% think she has been. It's no surprise that 77% of Republicans and 63% of independents feel that way but even among Democrats 42% think she should be doing more for Charlotte while only 37% feel like she's done a good job so far on that front.

Perdue's overall rating with Charlotte voters, at 32% approval and 52% disapproval, is actually better than her statewide numbers. That may not be saying much though given what a Democratic city it is. 48% of Democrats, 28% of independents, and 11% of Republicans give her positive marks.

Perdue has a long way to go if she hopes to replicate her surprise victory in the city last year in 2012.

Much more popular with Charlotteans is Barack Obama, who has a 52% approval rating with 42% disapproving of his job performance in the city. 84% of Democrats, 48% of independents, and 9% of Republicans give him good reviews.

Obama's basically been pursuing a swing state strategy in the places he's visited since taking office, so who knows, maybe we'll see him in Charlotte for Anthony Foxx sometime during early voting. Given that his approval runs 17 points ahead of Foxx's vote share with independents, a visit from him could prove to be decisive in what's shaping up as a very close race.

Full results here


Anonymous said...

Is 52/42 really that good in an urban city with a high African-american population.

It seems that Obama has dropped off quite a notch.

I'll predict a 48% approval for his national numbers since you aren't given many clues.

Anonymous said...

I can think of one issue in particular that has hurt Perdue's standing in Charlotte. She and her Secretary of Transportation had a press conference about Interstate 485. They said construction on the final unfinished leg of 485 would start this year. This proclamation was not followed with an explanation of how 485 would be funded. Then several months later, Perdue said the Charlotte area would have to give up completing another highway project in order for 485 to be completed. This issue has been covered significantly on local news shows and has impacted Perdue very negatively in the Charlotte region.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff! How about polling the Chapel Hill mayoral race next?

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