A new American Insights poll shows GOP Gov. Pat McCrory with a 43 percent job approval rating among registered voters, with 40 percent disapproving.

“Our signature survey suggests that North Carolina voters are not as sour on our state’s leaders as previously thought,” said AI Insights Director Pearce Godwin. “Last week, we found that Democratic Senator Kay Hagan enjoys a stronger than expected position in terms of both her approval and her upcoming electoral contest than previous polls revealed. Today, we see that Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s numbers are also stronger than expected, both in his approval and re-election numbers.”

McCrory is in his second year as governor. He had a rocky first year as Republicans held both the legislative and executive branches of government in North Carolina for the first time in 140 years.

McCrory also leads Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in a potential head-to-head matchup in 2016

According to the AI poll, 44 percent of voters say they’d vote for McCrory with 38 percent supporting Cooper.

The Republican-leaning AI polled 611 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.