Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that teacher pay raises are a top priority for voters in the state- and that they want to see teachers get more than Republicans in Raleigh are proposing.
By a 54/36 spread, including 50/39 with independents, North Carolinians think raising teacher pay should be a higher priority for the General Assembly than cutting taxes. 50% of voters in the state support at least a 5% increase, 59% support at least a 4% increase, and 76% support at least a 3% increase. Only 24% of voters think that a 2% teacher pay increase or less is adequate.
There's also strong support for increasing the starting teacher salary in the state. 56% of voters think teachers should start at at least $40,000 a year and 82% think they should start at at least $35,000 a year.
Given these findings it's not surprising that Pat McCrory's teacher pay announcement last week hasn't done anything to shore up his standing with voters in the state. Only 40% of voters approve of the job he's doing, compared to 48% who disapprove. A hypothetical match up for reelection with Roy Cooper would be a toss up at this point, with McCrory ahead by a single point at 43/42.