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New polls show Obama, Hagan approval ratings not improving

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Two new polls of NC voters show approval numbers in the low 40s for both President Barack Obama and Sen. Kay Hagan Two new polls of NC voters show approval numbers in the low 40s for both President Barack Obama and Sen. Kay Hagan

WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) – Two new polls of North Carolina voters show job approval numbers well below 50% for both President Barack Obama and Senator Kay Hagan.

Both Public Policy Polling and High Point University polled in early December. In the PPP poll of 1,281 voters done December 5th to 8th, President Obama had a job approval rating of 44%, compared to a 55% disapproval rating. The HPU poll of 545 voters done December 2nd to 5th had President Obama's approval rating at 42% and disapproval rating at 57%.  The HPU numbers represented no change in approval numbers and an increase in disapproval from HPU's October poll, which showed a 42/52 for the president.

"We have seen similar numbers for the president in other polls," Martin Kifer, director of the HPU Poll and assistant professor of political science at High Point University said in an email news release accompanying the survey results. "This new poll adds more evidence that North Carolinians are dissatisfied with what is happening in Washington, D.C., including what President Obama has been doing in office."

Click here to see data from the HPU poll.

Hagan's freefall of declining poll numbers seemed to flatten out in PPP's December poll. Results show 43% of voters approve of the job she's doing while 49% disapprove, nearly the same to the 44/49 result in November.  Since September, Hagan's disapproval rating has gone from 39% to 49%, while her approval has stayed around 43%.

When it comes to Hagan's potential outcomes in her 2014 re-election bid, PPP found Hagan ahead of state House Speaker Thom Tillis 44/42. Other head-to-head outcomes in the December poll show Hagan tied with both Heather Grant and Mark Harris at 43%, but both Greg Brannon and Bill Flynn stand with slim leads at 45-43.

When it comes to the crowded field of potential Republican challengers, none seem to have distanced themselves in name recognition according to the PPP results. When asked who they would want their GOP candidate for Senate to be in 2014, Tillis registered 13%, Harris 12% , Brannon and Grant had 11% response, with 8% favoring Flynn. 44% of the responders said someone else or they did not know.

Click here to see data from the PPP poll.

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