You can bet that Gov. Roy Cooper’s political team is doing a double-take on the results of the latest Civitas Poll. North Carolina voters – those likely to vote in 2022 – have soured on President Biden and on Gov. Roy Cooper.


The governor’s job approval has dropped to 45%, down four points from June and down eight points from May. For the first time in 2021, just as many North Carolinians disapprove of the job the governor is doing as those who approve – 45% each.

Cooper’s support is strongest in the Triangle (49%) and weakest on the coast (39%). He earns high marks among those with graduate degrees or more (58%) and in urban communities (60%). His support tanks in rural communities (33%) and among unaffiliated voters (31%).

Adding to the governor’s troubles is that 44% of likely voters say they don’t trust him when it comes to recommendations made to improve health during COVID-19.

Fifty-two percent do.