PPP's newest North Carolina poll continues to find close races for all the major statewide office.
In the Governor's race Roy Cooper has a slight advantage with 43% to 42% for Pat McCrory, and 4% for Libertarian Lon Cecil. Pat McCrory continues to be under water on his approval rating, now for 37 months running. 43% of voters give him good marks to 47% who disapprove. Opinions are pretty closely split three ways when it comes to Cooper with 36% of voters rating him favorably, 34% unfavorably, and 30% having no opinion either way.
HB2 continues to spell trouble for Pat McCrory. Only 30% of voters in the state support it to 43% who are opposed. By a 12 point margin voters say the way McCrory has handled the issue makes them less likely to vote for him- 43% less likely compared to only 31% who say it makes them more likely to support him. There's a good chance that if not for HB2 McCrory would be favored for reelection at this point.
We continue to find 2 overwhelming sentiments when it comes to HB 2:
1) Voters overwhelmingly think it's hurting the state. 58% say it's hurting North Carolina to only 22% who think it's helping. Specifically on the issue of the economy 58% say it's hurting the state to just 8% who think it's helping. When we last polled that question in June only 49% thought it was hurting the state's economy so the high profile cancellation of the NBA All Star game may be helping to fuel those numbers. Even Republicans by a 24 point margin grant the impact HB2 is having on the state economy is more negative than positive. Additionally 55% of voters think HB2 is hurting North Carolina's reputation nationally, while only 19% think it's having a positive effect on the state.
2) Voters don't think HB2 is actually having the impact it's supposedly intended to have. Just 29% think it's made North Carolina safer, to 50% who say it hasn't made the state safer. A lot of the rhetoric around HB2 has focused on its helping make women safer but only 21% of them think it's had that effect to 54% who say it has not.