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HPU Poll: President Joe Biden's job approval rating falls below 50% in N.C.
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HPU Poll: President Joe Biden's job approval rating falls below 50% in N.C.

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HIGH POINT — President Joe Biden hasn’t won over North Carolinians, but more people, for now, approve than disapprove of his job performance.

A High Point University Poll that came out Tuesday found that fewer than half of North Carolina residents — 48% — approve of Biden’s job performance six weeks into his presidency.

A High Point University Poll that came out March 2 found that fewer than half of North Carolina residents — 48% — approve of Biden's job performance six weeks into his presidency. Another 37% said they don't like what Biden has done so far. The remaining 15% declined to give an opinion.

Another 37% said they don’t like what Biden has done so far. The remaining 15% declined to give an opinion.

The president’s approval rating has fallen a few points since the first HPU Poll of the Biden presidency. Those results, released Feb. 9, found that 51% approved of the new president’s performance while 32% disapproved.

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The latest HPU Poll results suggest that Biden is less popular in North Carolina, which he didn’t carry in November, than he is nationally. National opinion polls done in February put Biden’s approval rating at somewhere between 50 and 60%. The Real Clear Politics polling average pegs Biden’s approval rating at just above 55%.

But Biden is faring better in opinion surveys than his predecessor.

The HPU Poll released in late October just before the election put Donald Trump’s presidential approval rating at just 43%, with 51% disapproving. The Real Clear Politics poll tracker shows that Trump’s national approval ratings over the course of his presidency were on average about 10 points below his disapproval ratings.

The new HPU Poll also put the approval rating for second-term Gov. Roy Cooper at 50%. Thirty-five percent of N.C. residents surveyed disapprove of his job performance.

And a majority — 60% — say the country is on the wrong track. Just 29% say the nation is heading in the right direction, according to the new HPU Poll.

For its latest report, the High Point University Survey Research Center polled 854 North Carolina residents from Feb. 12-26 via telephone and an online panel. This HPU Poll has a credibility interval of 3.7 percentage points. Click here to read more details about Tuesday’s survey.

Contact John Newsom at 336-373-7312 and follow @JohnNewsomNR on Twitter.

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