-After bottoming out in September, Pat McCrory's approval numbers continue to tick back up. 42% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 47% who disapprove, a big improvement from 35/53 three months ago. McCrory's numbers are most notably improving with independents- he's back on narrowly positive ground with them at 44/43 after having dropped all the way to 32/57 in September. He's also seeing some progress with his party base, going from 62/24 in late summer up to 68/18 now.
Voters aren't happy with the McCrory administration's policy of making people pay for any public records request that takes more than 30 minutes to process though. Just 23% say they agree with that rule to 62% who disagree with it, and even Republican voters say by a 34/48 spread that they disagree with the McCrory administration's approach on that issue.
-The state legislature remains very unpopular even while out of session. Only 20% of voters approve of the job it's doing to 53% who disapprove. There's plenty of unhappiness to go around for both parties. The Democrats in the legislature are unpopular with a 35/45 favorability rating, and the Republicans are even more unpopular at 34/51. Democrats hold a narrow 45/43 advantage on the generic legislative ballot but that's well down from what it was over the summer and may limit their opportunities to make gains next fall.
Perhaps because voters don't care for the legislature Moral Monday protesters were rallying against, only 28% think those who were arrested should be prosecuted compared to 54% who think the charges should be dropped. Democrats (72/15) overwhelmingly think charges should be dropped, a majority of independents (50/27) d0, and even a third of Republicans (32/46) do.
-Just as we found a month ago Chris Christie is the only Republican who leads Hillary Clinton at this point in North Carolina, 45/42. Clinton has modest leads over Jeb Bush (46/45) and Rand Paul (48/44) and then holds a wider lead over Ted Cruz at 49/41.
-We took the lay of the land on college football in the state and found that UNC leads the way with 26% of voters identifying themselves as Tar Heel fans to 19% for NC State, 16% for Duke, 9% for East Carolina, and 5% for Wake Forest.
Duke and East Carolina may have remained stuck in 3rd and 4th place despite having the best seasons of anyone in the state, but they're also the fan bases most happy with their coaches. Both David Cutcliffe and Ruffin McNeill sport 58/5 approval spreads with their school's fans. UNC coach Larry Fedora does decently well at 42/5, although it's clear a lot of fans are still waiting to make a judgment. The coach with the weakest numbers by far is State's Dave Doeren, who gets only a 24% approval from his school's fans with 21% disapproving.
Full results here