PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds Pat McCrory's poll numbers continuing to fall to their lowest level ever. Only 35% of voters in the state approve of the job he's doing to 53% who disapprove. McCrory's numbers had already pretty much bottomed out with Democrats but over the last month he's fallen with independents (from 41/49 to 32/57) and with Republicans (from 69/20 to 62/24) as well.
The big problem for McCrory this month seems to be voter outrage over the $80,000+ salaries several of his former campaign staffers are receiving at the Department of Health and Human Services. Only 8% of voters in the state support those salaries, compared to 73% who are opposed to them. The support for them is minimal from Democrats (9%), Republicans (8%), and independents (5%) alike. 79% of voters say they're concerned about the salaries, with 50% of them saying they have 'major' concerns. Even among GOP voters 71% are concerned with 32% expressing 'major concerns.'
Another thing causing problems for McCrory this month is that voters perceive him as being weak. Only 33% think he's calling the shots in state government, compared to 44% who think the General Assembly is. Given the legislature's 24/54 approval rating, it's not good for McCrory that voters feel like they're getting to call the shots.
The up shot of all this is that for the first time since 2008 we find Pat McCrory trailing a Democrat in a poll- actually trailing 4 of them. He's down 48/42 to Roy Cooper, 47/43 to Janet Cowell, 45/42 to Charles Meeker, and 44/42 to Josh Stein. None of the Democrats are terribly well known- Cooper has 50% name recognition, Cowell 29%, Meeker 28%, and Stein 18%- so more than anything the numbers reflect that McCrory would be down to just about anyone if he had to stand for election today. Of course he has a lot of time to recover.
Other notes from North Carolina:
-One issue that might help McCrory get back his bipartisan credibility and turn around his poll numbers is increasing the minimum wage. 61% of voters in the state favor upping that to $10 an hour, with only 30% opposed. Democrats (79%) and independents (59%) both strongly support it and even among Republicans 37% favor it, which is an unusual amount of crossover support for what might generally be viewed as a Democratic issue. Championing that could help get him back on the right path.
-V0ters are narrowly opposed to the proposed casino in Cleveland County, 34/39. Interestingly though after years of controversy about it before it was finally adopted, voters say they support the NC Lottery by a 60/30 spread with majorities across party lines- 64% of Democrats, 60% of independents, and 53% of Republicans- favoring it.
-And finally 45% of North Carolinians say they're Panthers fans to 8% for the Redskins, 7% for the Cowboys, 4% for the Packers, 3% for the Falcons, and 2% each for the Ravens and Giants. It looks like the state's former Redskins allegiances have pretty much faded.
Full results here