For a 12th consecutive month, PPP's North Carolina poll finds Pat McCrory with an under water approval rating. 39% of voters approve of him to 45% who disapprove. One of the key problems for McCrory may be that voters view him as weak compared to the unpopular legislature. 43% of North Carolinians think that the legislature is calling the shots in Raleigh to only 27% who believe McCrory is. When there's a perception that you're ceding power to a General Assembly with an 18% approval rating, it's generally not going to be good for your standing.
An early look ahead to the 2016 Governor's race continues to find a toss up, with McCrory leading Attorney General Roy Cooper 44/42. Cooper has low name recognition- 47%- but is popular among those familiar with him as 30% rate him favorably to 17% with an unfavorable opinion.
The Governor's race doesn't look like the only close one North Carolina may be headed for in 2016. Hillary Clinton leads the Republican Presidential field in the state but by very tight margins- 45/44 over Jeb Bush, 46/43 over Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, and 45/41 over Chris Christie. North Carolina's been in the national spotlight more often than not over the last few election cycles, and it looks like there's a good chance that will continue on into 2016.
Other notes from North Carolina:
-Stripping North Carolina teachers of their tenure rights has been one of the objectives of legislative Republicans in this session, but voters in the state support those rights 51/33. Democrats overwhelmingly support them (67/17), while Republicans are more closely divided (35/50). Independents come in at 47/37 support.
-There's been a lot of debate in the last couple weeks about North Carolina's incentives program for the film industry- voters support keeping it by a 41/29 spread. Support for it is bipartisan with Republicans actually giving the strongest support at 46/30, followed by independents at 42/31, and Democrats at 37/27.
Full results here