A flash poll from the conservative Civitas Institute found that the majority of respondents opposed the Wake County school board's firing of Superintendent Tony Tata.
According to the results released Thursday, 59 percent of the 400 registered voters contacted said they disapproved of the firing. Only 28 percent said they approved. Thirteen percent weren't sure.
Tata also had an higher approval rating than the school board.
A total of 51 percent said they approved of the job Tata had done as superintendent. That was followed by 26 percent who disapproved and 23 percent who weren't sure.
A total of 28 percent said they approved of the job the school board has done. That was followed by 56 percent who disapproved and 16 percent who weren't sure.
Other questions included Tata's favorability rating, opinion about the severance agreement given to Tata, whether voters had more confidence in the school board or commissioners on funding and spending and how should students be assigned to schools.
The poll was conducted Wednesday, the day after the board vote. It has an error margin of plus or minus 5 percentage points.