Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's newest North Carolina poll continues to find close races for
all the major statewide office.
In the Governor's race Roy Cooper has a slight advantage with 43% to 42% for Pat McCrory, and 4% for Libertarian Lon Cecil. The poll's margin of error is +/- 3.4%.
McCrory continues to be under water on his approval rating, now for 37 months running. 43% of voters give him good marks to 47% who disapprove. Opinions are pretty closely split three ways when it comes to Cooper with 36% of voters rating him favorably, 34% unfavorably, and 30% having no opinion either way.
HB2 continues to spell trouble for McCrory. Only 30% of voters in the state support it to 43% who are opposed. By a 12 point margin voters say the way
McCrory has handled the issue makes them less likely to vote for him- 43% less likely compared to only 31% who say it makes them more likely to support him.
“If not for HB2 Pat McCrory might be favored for reelection right now,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.
The other key races for state offices in North Carolina all remain very competitive as well. T he Lieutenant Governor's race is dead even with incumbent Dan Forest and challenger Linda Coleman each at 37%. It's the same story in the key State Supreme Court contest with incumbent Bob Edmunds and challenger Mike Morgan each coming in at 21%.
Democrat Dan Blue III has 39% for State Treasurer to 37% for Republican Dale Folwell. Democrat Josh Stein has 39% for Attorney General to 38% for Republican Buck Newton.
North Carolina's Senate race is close as well. Richard Burr leads with 41% to 37% for Deborah Ross, and 5% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. The overarching themes of this race remain the same. Burr is not popular, with only 28% of voters approving of the job he's doing to 39% who disapprove. But Ross is still pretty much unknown, with only 39% of voters having an opinion about her one way or another.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 830 likely voters from August 5th to 7th. The margin of error is +/-3.4%.
80% of participants, selected through a list based sample, responded via the phone, while 20% of
respondents who did not have landlines conducted the survey over the internet through an opt-in internet