As a whole North Carolinians are unhappy with their Republican run state government. 38% of voters approve of the job it's doing to 52% who disapprove, including a 34/51 spread with independents.
Voter anger is being directed a lot more at the legislature than Governor Pat McCrory. McCrory's approval is steady at a +14 spread compared to a month ago, with 49% of voters approving of him to 35% who disapprove. Given that Bev Perdue's polls numbers slipped every single month from January to July of her term in office, stability is not a bad thing for McCrory. He's at 47/32 with independents.
The Republicans in the legislature though have just a 36% favorability rating with 50% of voters giving them poor marks. The Democrats aren't popular either at a 38/44 spread, but they're at least doing a good deal better than their GOP counterparts. Democrats currently lead the generic legislative ballot 47/41.
What's driving the Republicans' unpopularity? Much of the agenda they're pursuing is unpopular with the public at large:
-56% of voters disagree with the decision to block Medicaid expansion, compared to only 26% of voters who support it. Even rank and file Republicans are pretty divided on the decision (39/36 support) and there's majority opposition from Democrats (16/70) and independents (27/56).
-Voters are also opposed, by a 42/30 margin, to the elimination of the earned income tax credit. This is another issue where even GOP voters are pretty tepid on the action taken by their elected officials (38/34 support) and Democrats (26/46) and independents (28/45) are both pretty opposed.
-The action we see the strongest opposition to that Republican lawmakers are trying to take is the elimination of straight party ticket voting. Only 21% of voters support eliminating that option, compared to 68% who think it should continue to exist. Both Democrats (70/17) and Republicans (68/22) strongly support the continuation of straight party ticket voting.
-And finally voters oppose the proposed 'nipple bill' 41/36. Women are evenly divided on it at 38%, but men firmly oppose it 45/34.
Other notes from North Carolina:
-North Carolinians narrowly give Barack Obama poor marks, with 47% of voters approving of him to 50% who disapprove. They're evenly divided on Richard Burr at 37.
Full results here