Raleigh, N.C. – PPP’s newest North Carolina poll previews what could be a pair of very competitive races come 2016. Hillary Clinton has slight leads over potential Republican presidential opponents while Governor Pat McCrory holds a small lead over current NC Attorney General Roy Cooper in a likely match-up.
When put up against Jeb Bush, Clinton leads with 45% of the vote to Bush’s 44%. She also leads Chris Christie 45/41, Mike Huckabee 46/43, and Rand Paul 46/43. North Carolina Democrats are not giving Clinton as much base support as she has received recently in other states, as over 10% of Democrats say they would vote for the Republican candidate in each of these match-ups. Fortunately for Clinton, Republican voters are giving her their votes at just about the same rate.
Incumbent Republican Pat McCrory appears vulnerable in the 2016 Governor’s race, as evidenced in part by his negative approval rating of 39% approval and 45% disapproval. This is actually a slight net improvement from May, where McCrory stood at 40% approval and 48% disapproval. When asked about a potential match-up between McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper, 44% of voters say they would vote for McCrory and 42% for Cooper. Helping McCrory is the fact that Cooper is currently a relative unknown. While 31% have a favorable opinion of him and only 17% unfavorable, a majority (52%) of voters have no opinion of him at all.