HIGH POINT – The Survey Research Center at High Point University finds that North Carolina residents are split on their approval of President Barack Obama.

The most recent HPU survey finds that 47 percent of people in the state approve of Obama while 46 percent report disapproval and eight percent expressed no opinion on the matter. The findings are similar to that of some national approval rating polls.

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Full results and methodological details from the survey can be found at the Survey Research Center website,src.highpoint.edu/

The survey also continued to track the relative approval of other federal and state officials and the mood of North Carolinians:

• Job approval of President Obama was split with 47 percent reporting approval, 46 percent reporting disapproval, and 8 percent not expressing an opinion.

• Thirty-two percent approved of how Republicans in Congress were doing their jobs while 54 percent disapproved and 14 percent declined to express an opinion.

• Thirty-eight percent approved of how Governor Bev Perdue is doing her job while 44 percent disapproved and 19 percent had no opinion.

• Thirty-nine percent approved of how Senator Richard Burr is doing his job while 29 percent disapproved and 33 percent had no opinion.

• Thirty-three percent approved of how Senator Kay Hagan is doing her job while 29 percent disapproved and 38 percent had no opinion.

•A large proportion of the state continued to believe that the country is on the wrong track with 66 percent expressing that concern, 26 percent saying that the country is going in the right direction, and 8 percent not expressing an opinion.

According to the results, Dr. Martin Kifer, director of the Survey Research Center, said, “North Carolinians are currently split in their judgments of the work of President Obama and many statewide office holders. Congress is not popular regardless of who is in charge. And residents of North Carolina are still very negative about the direction of the country. We are watching closely to see if any big changes occur in the coming months in the mood of the state.”

The High Point University Survey Research Center fielded the survey from Feb. 21-24. The responses came from 401 adults with landline telephones in North Carolina selected by a Random Digit Dial (RDD) method giving the survey a margin of sampling error of approximately 5 percentage points.