-PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds broad bipartisan support for Governor Jim Hunt's proposal to raise teacher pay in the state to the national average over the next four years. 79% of voters support it to only 11% who are opposed, and that includes 88% of Democrats, 76% of independents, and 66% of Republicans.
Support for Hunt's proposal is driven by a strong belief that teachers in the state are underpaid. 72% of voters think they're paid too little, compared to 20% who think what they make is about right and only 3% who believe they're paid too much. 83% are concerned that North Carolina teachers are choosing other professions or moving to teach in other states because of the in state salaries, with 58% saying that they're 'very concerned' about this trend.
-Teacher pay isn't the only thing North Carolinians are agreeing about across party lines right now. There is deep unhappiness with the performance of the state's Department of Health and Human Services. Only 15% of voters approve of the job the department's doing to 50% who disapprove, and there's virtually no division along party lines with 51% of Democrats, 50% of independents, and 49% of Republicans unhappy with it. Most voters- 48%- don't have an opinion about whether or not Secretary Aldona Wos should be fired. But 38% think she should be replaced to only 14% who think McCrory should keep her. Interestingly Republicans think she should be fired by an even wider margin (41/12) than Democrats (37/17), which suggests GOP voters are tired of the damage she's doing to the party.
-Speaking of that Pat McCrory's approval numbers are back down this month after having showing 3 months of steady improvement. 37% of voters approve of him to 47% who disapprove, down from a 42/47 spread in December. North Carolinians aren't particularly happy with any of their politicians though. Barack Obama's approval numbers have hit a new record low in the state, with only40% of voters approving of him to 54% who disapprove.
-Obamacare has been a struggle but Kay Hagan's on the right side of the public with two issues going through Congress right now. 64% of voters in the state support reinstating extended unemployment benefits to only 31% who are opposed, indicating the public agrees with her vote from earlier this month. And 57% of voters support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour, compared to only 35% opposed to that concept. On both issues Hagan's stance is supported by at least 80% of Democrats, 54% of independents, and even 30% of Republicans.
Christie is also the only one of the Republican hopefuls who leads Hillary Clinton in the state, albeit by the razor thin margin of 43/42. Clinton has small leads over Jeb Bush (46/44), Rand Paul (47/43), and Ted Cruz (47/41).
-North Carolinians may not like any of their politicians but they do have positive feelings about Martin Luther King Jr. (66/18) and Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty (47/27). There is some political division in the numbers though. Democrats overwhelmingly view MLK favorably (82/8) while holding a negative opinion of Robertson (26/42). Republicans though like the reality TV star (68/13) a good deal better than they do the civil rights hero (44/35).
Full results here