PPP's monthly North Carolina poll finds that voters don't like the tax reform plans that have been presented by either the House or Senate over the last few weeks:
-Only 14% of voters support the Senate plan with 44% opposed and 42% having no opinion. When key provisions of it are described opposition rises all the way up to 68% with only 13% of voters supporting it. There is bipartisan opposition with 76% of Democrats, 69% of independents, and 56% of Republicans against it. The provision raising the sales tax on groceries is particularly unpopular with only 10% supportive of it and 81% opposed.
-Just 11% of voters support the House plan with 41% opposed and 48% having no opinion. When its key provisions are described it at least fares better than the Senate plan with support for it rising to 21%, although opposition to it climbs to 55% as well. Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike oppose the House plan as they do the Senate plan.
Tax reform isn't the only unpopular thing going on at the General Assembly right now:
-Voters are strongly opposed to the gun bill that recently passed the House. 73% of voters are opposed to concealed weapons in bars, 69% are opposed to them on college campuses, and 65% are opposed to them in parks. Even Republican voters are opposed to guns in bars (25/54), campuses (40/50), and parks (42/46). This is an example of the GOP majority in the legislature going to the right even of the party base.
-Only 15% of voters in the state support repealing environmental protections at Jordan Lake to 49% who are opposed to that course of action. Again we see bipartisan agreement with Democrats (10/54), Republicans (17/41), and independents (21/49) all opposed to eliminating those rules.
The sum total of all this is that the legislature continues to be extremely unpopular. Only 25% of voters approve of the job it's doing to 51% who disapprove. Voters aren't happy with either party but the Republicans (37/49 favorability) are worse off than the Democrats (38/46) and perhaps as a result Democrats lead the generic legislative ballot by a 46/42 margin. 45% of voters even go so far as to say the General Assembly is causing North Carolina national embarrassment to just 31% of voters who disagree with that sentiment.
Other notes from North Carolina:
-If North Carolina is going to remove the literacy test for voting from its constitution it's going to take some public education. Right now only 29% of voters say they would support eliminating the literacy test, compared to 36% who are opposed. 35% with no opinion speaks to voters not really knowing what that's about. Democrats (36/33) and independents (33/31) both narrowly support removing the literacy test, while Republicans (16/43) are strongly against eliminating it.
-The protesters who have been getting arrested at the General Assembly have a better net favorability rating (-2 at 38/40) than the Republican majority does (-12 at 37/49).
-55% of voters in the state think the legislature should do more for public universities, compared to 26% who think what they're doing is about right and 15% who think they should do less. 63% of voters think tuition is too high to only 4% who think it's too low and 28% who think it's about right. There is a bipartisan consensus among Democrats (68%), independents (59%), and Republicans (58%) that tuition is too high.
Full results here