For the first time since he took office Barack Obama's approval rating in North Carolina has entered negative territory. 46% of voters in the state give him good marks while 47% now disapprove of his job performance.
From a high of 54% in April Obama's approval has dropped to 51% in May, 50% in June, 49% in July, and now 46% in August.
The unpopularity of his health care plan with the state's voters may be contributing to his downward decline. Only 39% of voters in the state say they support it, while 50% are opposed. Obama's problem on that front is that Republicans are more united in their opposition to it than Democrats are in their support of it. 88% of GOP voters say they're against while just 65% of Democrats express favor.
Adding a twist to this month's look at Obama's popularity, we also asked voters to rate his performance so far on a scale of 1 to 9. Giving a good sense of how polarized the state is when it comes to Obama, nearly half of respondents gave him either the highest or lowest grade possible with 22% giving him 9's, the best, and 27% giving him 1's, the worst. Only 9% gave him the median grade. His overall average came out to 4.97.
Lest there was any doubt he has lost his star with African American voters, 80% gave him an 8 or a 9.
More voters now disapprove than approve of Obama in every section of the state with the exception of the Triangle, where his 58/36 approval spread props up his overall numbers.
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