Perdue still most unpopular Governor in US

Published: Jun. 15, 2012 at 6:02 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM EDT
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Gov. Bev Perdue is suffering from high disapproval ratings
Gov. Bev Perdue is suffering from high disapproval ratings

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Bev Perdue is the most unpopular Governor in the United States, according to a new poll released by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh.

In a poll of more than 800 voters done from June 7-10, Perdue's disapproval rating hit 59%, with only 30% approving of the job she is doing. According to PPP, those numbers make her the most unpopular Governor in the country, out of the more than 40 the group has polled on.

Perdue's numbers have worsened since her announcement of not running for reelection. PPP polls done at the end of 2011 had Perdue's approval rating at 37%, and disapproval at 48%. She has suffered in the eyes of Democrats, which show 47% job approval compared to 58% in 2011.

According to PPP officials, Perdue has an opportunity right now to help improve her standing with the Democratic base by vetoing the fracking bill which passed the NC House of Representatives earlier this week. A recent PPP poll conducted for a private client found that North Carolina Democrats oppose fracking by an almost 2:1 margin.

"Bev Perdue is running out of chances to secure a positive legacy with North Carolina Democrats," Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling said in a release. "Vetoing the fracking bill is one thing she could do to make sure she leaves office in better standing at least with her party base. The ship sailed with Republican voters a long time ago."

Perdue can take some consolation in the fact that voters do not seem impressed with the job done by lawmakers in the General Assembly. The PPP poll showed voters have a 50% disapproval rating of legislators, with a 23% approval rating.

Click here to see the entire PPP polling data.

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