Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina voters disapprove of the way Republicans are running state government in general and of several of their specific policy proposals. Just 38% of voters say they approve of the job Republicans as a whole are running state government, while 52% disapprove. The General Assembly as a whole fares particularly badly, with just 23% job approval and 49% disapproval. 50% say they have an unfavorable opinion of Republicans in the North Carolina Legislature compared to 36% who hold a favorable opinion. Democrats in the Legislature fare only slightly better, with a 38%-44% favorability rating. Only Governor Pat McCrory himself sees a net positive job approval rating, with 49% approving and 35% disapproving.
The policies North Carolina Republicans are pushing just aren’t viewed very favorably by voters: just 36% support a proposed law banning the baring of women’s breasts compared to 41% who oppose it; 30% support the Legislature eliminating the earned income tax credit while 42% oppose it; and only 26% support the Legislature blocking the expansion of Medicaid health care coverage to roughly 500,000 North Carolinians while 56% oppose. And fully 68% of voters say they should have the option to vote straight-party ticket if they choose to, while 21% say they should not. As such it may not come as much of a surprise that Democrats lead Republicans in the general ballot for State Legislature: 47% say they’d vote for a Democrat and 41% say a Republican in the next election.