PPP's newest look at the North Carolina Governor's race finds...a very familiar looking picture. Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper are tied at 41% each, with Libertarian Lon Cecil getting 6% and 13% of voters undecided. McCrory has an under water approval rating for the 36th month in a row, coming in at 43/47 this time around. Cooper continues to be a bit of a blank slate to voters in the state- a 35% plurality have no opinion about him one way or another with 34% seeing him favorably and 31% unfavorably. There doesn't seem to be much of anything that could blow this race open in one direction or another.
We also looked at a pair of other North Carolina statewide races. The contest for Lieutenant Governor is tied with Republican incumbent Dan Forest and Democratic challenger Linda Coleman each at 37%, followed by Libertarian J.J. Summerell at 4% and 22% of voters undecided in that contest. So to review our North Carolina findings this week, the Presidential race is tied, the Gubernatorial contest is tied, the race for Lieutenant Governor is tied, and it's just a 3 point margin in the Senate race. It's hard to imagine there's another state more competitive politically this year.
The crucial race for control of North Carolina's Supreme Court finds incumbent Bob Edmunds leading challenger Mike Morgan just 28/24, with 48% of voters undecided in that nonpartisan contest. A lot of the time the key to winning these judicial races is which side does the better job of getting the word out to its party base about who their candidate of choice is and for now it looks like Republicans have a leg up on that front- Edmunds leads 56/8 with his party, compared to a 40/11 advantage for Morgan with Democrats.
It's been 3 months now but HB 2 isn't getting any more popular. Just 32% of voters in the state support it to 43% who are opposed, including 31/48 opposition among independent voters. That's a reflection of voters not feeling it's achieving its intended purpose. Only 30% of voters think it's made North Carolina safer, to 47% who say it hasn't had that impact. There was a lot of talk about HB2 being needed in particular to protect women, but only 26% of them think it's increased safety and they oppose the bill 25/44.