Raleigh, N.C.-- PPP's new poll of the North Carolina Governor's race finds Republican Pat McCrory leading Democrat Walter Dalton 47-37, with Libertarian Barbara Howe at 5%. This is the biggest lead McCrory's had in a PPP survey since Dalton won the Democratic nomination in May.
The key for McCrory is that the attacks on him over the last four months just haven't done much to affect his image. He has a +12 net favorability rating with 46% of voters giving him positive marks to 34% who have a negative opinion. That's not much different from May when he was at +13 (41/28).
McCrory's lead continues to be driven by two major factors: a high level of crossover support from Democrats, and a huge advantage with independents. McCrory's winning 19% of the Democratic vote while losing only 7% of Republicans to Dalton. And he's up by a 52/22 margin with independents.