Bev Perdue appears to have been relatively unaffected by the indictments last week of 3 people associated with her 2008 campaign. She trails Pat McCrory by 10 points this month, 50-40. That's only a point worse than she was doing on our last poll, when the deficit was 48-39. Her approval numbers have pretty much stayed in place as well. 37% of voters approve of the job she's doing to 48% who disapprove. In late October she stood at 38% approval with 50% of voters disapproving.
Bill Faison, whose recent public statements have sparked speculation about a Gubernatorial campaign, trails McCrory by an even wider 21 point margin at 47-26. Most of the discourse about the Governor's race relates to Perdue being particularly weak, but just as important a dynamic is that McCrory is unusually strong. 41% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of him to 28% with a negative one. Those are far superior numbers to what any other major North Carolina politician has right now.
In addition to being popular with Republicans, independents with an opinion about him break more than 2:1 favorable (38/16), and even 25% of Democrats see him positively. McCrory would defeat pretty much any Democrat in North Carolina next year unless he's significantly cut down to size. Running someone else instead of Perdue is not some magical solution to the Democrats' problems.
Perdue's numbers obviously continue to be very weak, but the good news for her at least is that the indictments last week didn't cause the bottom to fall out.
The story with the marriage amendment in North Carolina continues to be the same month after month: voters overwhelmingly support it but a majority of them also support civil unions, suggesting they might not be fully aware of how far the proposal goes. 58% say they'll vote for the amendment to 32% who are opposed. It has overwhelming support from Republicans (77/16), majority support from independents (52/35), and even plurality support from Democrats (47/43).
At the same time 56% of voters in the state support either gay marriage (27%) or civil unions (29%) with only 40% thinking there should be absolutely no legal recognition for same sex couples. About 20% of North Carolinians support legal recognition for gays and plan to vote for the marriage amendment. Getting those folks to change their minds will be the key for those hoping to defeat it.
Full results here