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Poll shows Trump, Cooper earn high job approval marks from NC voters

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Approval for President Donald Trump’s job performance remains at the highest level it has been since September 2018, according to the latest Civitas Poll.

With his total approval at 52%, the president’s approval rating has climbed among unaffiliated voters and men (+16 and +26, respectively).

Gov. Roy Cooper (D) also enjoys strong job approval, especially among likely voters in his party. Among Democrats, 86% express support for his job performance, in addition to 74% of likely unaffiliated voters, and nearly half of likely Republican voters (48%).

“This poll is fairly consistent with the national trend for President Trump and governors,” said Civitas President Donald Bryson. “The president is seeing an overall bump in approval ratings, and governors are enjoying leaps in approval ratings.”

Trump, a Republican, has received high praise from unlikely corners for his handling of the Coronavirus outbreak, including from Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA).

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NC Gov. Roy Cooper

Those surveyed were also asked whether they were concerned about contracting coronavirus. The survey found that voters were significantly more likely to be worried about experiencing coronavirus than they were when Civitas Poll asked the same question in mid-March, with 71% expressing they were worried about catching the virus, whereas 28% stated they were not worried. One percent said they were unsure or refused to answer.

Unsurprisingly, the concern over the coronavirus pushing the United States into an economic recession was also of significant concern. Among respondents, 84% stated they are concerned the United States is heading for a recession, while only 12% indicated they were not, with Democrats (91%) and unaffiliated (84%) voters more likely than Republicans (78%) to express this sentiment.

The survey was conducted April 5 – 7, 2020 by Harper Polling. The total percentages of responses may not equal 100% due to rounding.