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Perdue Numbers Drop Again

Two separate North Carolina-based polling organizations released new surveys today that found Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's approval ratings hovering below 30 percent. Unfortunately for Perdue, this is nothing new for the governor still in her first year in office.

Public Policy Polling's survey found Perdue at her lowest mark yet -- 24 percent approval, as more Democrats (39%) now disapprove of the job she's doing than approve of it (38%).

These numbers, as we've written previously, stem from a down economy and a difficult budget process with the North Carolina Legislature, one that included raising taxes and cutting state services.

The Civitas Institute survey puts Perdue at 29 percent. Civitas also found 63 percent disapproving of the job she's doing -- easily her highest disapproval rating yet.

"While the number of voters approving of her job is holding steady, the number who said they disapprove is skyrocketing," said Civitas executive director Francis De Luca. "A lot of people dismiss job approval ratings this far from an election, but at some point Perdue has to see her numbers stabilize. According to these latest numbers, it appears her support continues to fall."

PPP's survey was conducted Oct. 2-4 of 683 RV with a +/- 3.8% margin of error. The Civitas survey was taken Sept. 29-30 of 600 RV with a +/- 4% margin of error.