Bev Perdue's approval numbers are still nothing to write home about but she's making progress. The percentage of North Carolinians expressing unhappiness with her job performance this month is at its lowest level since April of 2009, with 45% of voters giving her poor marks to 31% who think she's doing a good job.
There's a lot more hope for Perdue moving forward than there was a year ago. Her current approval spread of -14 represents a 9 point improvement from June of 2009 when she was at -23 (30/53). If she continues to make that kind of slow but steady progress over the course of the next year and a half she'll be in decent shape when reelection time rolls around.
Republican legislators hope to use Perdue as an anchor on their Democratic opponents this fall but her approval numbers are superior to their -24 spread at 28/52. Perdue may not be popular but she's more well liked than the GOP legislative leadership.
One thing that's proven to be interesting about Perdue's approval numbers since she took office is that she's never received a particular boost from women. She is more popular with them at 33% approval to 28% with men but that's much less of a gap along gender lines than Barack Obama sees in the state. 53% of women think he's doing a good job to only 38% of men.
Perdue has a ways to go but year 2 of her term seems to be going better than year 1 and if the economy improves her approval numbers may be back to par by the time it really matters.
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