Monday numbers: Polling on Trump’s, Cooper’s response to the pandemic

By: - May 4, 2020 6:00 am

As April turns to May, North Carolinians continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic as best they can.

A new poll, released last week, gives some insight into how they believe their leaders are dealing with it. Conducted by Meredith College, it includes approval ratings for President Donald Trump and Gov. Roy Cooper, opinions on the state’s general direction and peoples’ views on reopening schools and businesses.

The Meredith College poll was an online survey of 604 registered North Carolina voters from April 27-28. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent. A mid-April poll conducted by the firm Garin Hart Young revealed many similar results.

Today, we take a by-the-numbers look at some of the opinions voters expressed. All numbers are in percentages.

76 – Who support Cooper’s extension of the statewide stay-at-home order until May 8. Majorities across party lines agreed with the decision (88% of Democrats, 69% of Republicans, and 72% of independents)

78 – Who supported Cooper’s decision to close North Carolina public schools until May 15

72 – Who said schools should not reopen after that date

24 – Who said they would not send their children back to re-opened schools

28 – Who said they would go to a dine-in restaurant if the executive order were rescinded today

9 – Who said they would go to a bar

16 – Who said they would go a movie theater

34 – Who said they would go to the beach; the same percentage said they would get a haircut.

63 – Who said they trust Gov. Cooper over President Trump in terms to make decisions about reopening the North Carolina economy. Republicans favored Trump (55%) while Democrats (87.4%) and independents (67.1%) heavily favored Cooper.

63 – Who approve of Gov. Cooper’s performance. That’s a significant increase over the poll’s February approval rating for the governor (45%). The poll also found Cooper’s support strong even among Republicans (49% approval, 43% disapproval).

33 – Who approve of Sen. Thom Tillis’s performance. That’s down about a percentage point compared to Meredith’s February poll. About 41% in the latest survey said they disapproved of his job performance and over a quarter said they had no opinion. Tillis’ support among Republicans remains strong (55%).

41 – Who approve of President Trump’s performance. That’s down from 45.5% in Meredith’s February poll. Fifty-three percent of respondents said they disapprove of how he is doing his job. His current net negative approval of minus 12.1 is the highest measured by the poll during his presidency. As with Tillis, there is significant partisan gap in the results (83% of Republicans approve of the president’s job performance while just 12% of Democrats do).

76 – Black respondents who strongly disapprove of President Trump’s job performance

47 – Percentage of all respondents who said they would vote for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, over Trump in the November election. Six months ago, the last time the poll matched the two candidates head-to-head, it was essentially a tie.

63 – Who supported the idea of voting by mail in November’s General Election. Thirty-one percent said they opposed the idea. The issues has a strong partisan divide. About 71% of Democrats favor the idea while support from republicans was at about 45%.

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Joe Killian
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Investigative Reporter Joe Killian's work examines government, politics and policy, with a special emphasis on higher education, LGBTQ issues and extremism.