This article was last updated at 4:30 p.m. on April 28.

According to the latest Elon University Poll released on Wednesday, 49 percent of North Carolina respondents said that President Donald Trump is doing a worse job as president than President Barack Obama, while only 39 percent said Trump is outperforming his predecessor.

The poll asked questions about voters' views of President Trump, his behaviors, and policies April 19-21.

One question addressed Trump's consistency with his campaign promises. Fifty-six percent of North Carolina voters think Trump’s actions are consistent with his campaign promises. Among those promises was a plan to build a wall along the country's southern border with Mexico. Nearly 60 percent of all voters oppose the wall, including 92 percent of Democrats who oppose the idea. Jason Husser, director of the Elon Poll, said even though North Carolina voted Republican on Election Day, this downward trend is something Trump is experiencing across the nation.

"This is really representative of the whole country," Husser told Elon News Network. "The national Electoral College voted form him and his poll numbers are — for the most part — similar on the national stage."

Overall support of Trump has declined among North Carolina voters, according to the poll. Trump was elected with 49.9 percent of the vote in-state, but only 41.6 percent of voters currently approve of the job he is doing as president, while 50.5 percent disapprove.

Approval numbers appear to align strongly with party affiliation. Eighty-seven percent of Democrats disapprove of Trump's performance, while 88 percent of Republicans approve of the way he is handling the job.

“Though President Trump enjoyed considerable support among North Carolinians on Election Day, he has lost ground among the crucial independent voters responsible for his success over Hillary Clinton,” Husser said in a press release.

Husser also said because of the polarized political season, it makes it difficult for Trump to be favorably liked by the majority.

"It makes it hard for any President to succeed in this political environment," Husser told Elon News Network.

A second release from the Elon Poll included questions about foreign affairs.

Thirty-seven percent of those polled guess the United States will go to war with North Korea, even though there is strong opposition to the idea of taking military action to remove nuclear weapons from the country. 49 percent of respondents said they oppose going to war with North Korea to remove nuclear weapons.

Voters were divided on a question regarding United States involvement in Syria. Forty-one point seven percent of respondents said the United States should take further military action in Syria, and 42.3 said the United States should not. However, a larger amount, about 48 percent of respondents, said the United States has a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria.

Respondents were similarly split on the question of accepting refugees from Syria. About forty-three percent of voters said the United States has a responsibility to accept refugees from Syria into the country, while 44 percent said the country does not. 

“North Carolina voters are aligning on partisan lines regarding the Syrian conflict,” Husser said. “Republicans tend to favor further military action while Democrats are much more likely to prefer a response of accepting Syrian refugees. Given that fighting in Syria is among the most complicated and rapidly changing situations in the world right now, these trends in public opinion have potential to shift depending on decisions in Washington.”

Survey results in this news release present responses from registered voters who were classified as likely voters in the Nov. 8 election and has a margin of error of +/- 4.36 percentage points.

The full survey results can be viewed here.


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