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N.C. Republican takeover becomes increasingly unpopular

| Tom Jensen


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Raleigh, N.C. –
For the second
month in a row, North Carolina Gov.Pat McCrory has a net-negative approval
rating. And it’s the lowest it’s ever been:
39% of voters approve of the Republican’s job performance, while 51%
disapprove.

The Republican-dominated General Assembly is doing even worse, with an
approval rating of only 24%. Nearly half of voters have a higher opinion of the
Moral Monday protestors than the N.C. legislature. Half of voters polled say
the G.A. is causing North Carolina national embarrassment, including 21% of
Republican voters.

Democrats maintain the lead on the generic legislative ballot by a 50-41
margin. 41% of voters approve of Democratic legislators, while 36% approve of
Republicans. 51% of voters say it’s been a bad thing for Republicans to have
total control of the state government. Approval of the state’s Republican
officeholders as a whole is 35-56.

Support for Rev. William Barber, who started Moral Mondays, is 28-26 favorable-unfavorable.
43% of Democrats see him favorably, compared to 8% of Republicans.

The budget passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the
governor is opposed by 52% of voters. Even 21% of Republican voters oppose the
budget. Half of voters say the governor broke his promise not to sign any
further restrictions on abortion. McCrory’s move offering cookies to protestors
instead of meeting with them is seen as inappropriate by 57% of voters, including
nearly a third of Republican voters.

“Voters think Pat McCrory handled the abortion bill very poorly,” said Dean
Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “They think he broke a campaign
promise by signing it and compounded the problem by being disrespectful to
protestors against it. As a result his numbers continue to decline.”

Also unpopular among voters is the legislature’s end of the back-to-school sales-tax
holiday; 55% of voters oppose it, while 34% support it.

PPP surveyed 600 North Carolina voters
between August 8th and 11th. The margin of error for the
survey is +/- 4.0%. This poll was not authorized or paid for by any campaign or
political organization. PPP’s surveys are conducted through automated telephone
interviews.

Topline results are below.  Full results, including crosstabs, can be found here.

Q1 Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Pat
McCrory’s job performance?
Approve …………….. .39%
Disapprove…………. .51%
Not sure …………….. .10%

Q2 Do you approve or disapprove of the job
Republicans as a whole are doing of running
state government?
Approve …………….. .35%
Disapprove…………. .56%
Not sure …………….. . 9%

Q3 Do you think Republicans having total control
of state government has been a good thing or a
bad thing for North Carolina?
Good…………………. .38%
Bad …………………… .51%
Not sure …………….. .12%

Q4 Do you approve or disapprove of the job the
General Assembly is doing?
Approve …………….. .24%
Disapprove…………. .54%
Not sure …………….. .21%

Q5 Do you support or oppose the budget passed
by the General Assembly and signed into law
by Governor McCrory?
Support ……………… .33%
Oppose ……………… .52%
Not sure …………….. .15%

Q6 The General Assembly’s budget ended the
back-to-school sales-tax holiday after this year.
Do you support or oppose this measure?
Support ……………… .34%
Oppose ……………… .55%
Not sure …………….. .11%

Q7 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of the Democrats in the North Carolina
Legislature?
Favorable……………………………………………….. 41%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 43%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 17%

Q8 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of the Republicans in the North Carolina
Legislature?
Favorable……………………………………………….. 36%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 52%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 11%

Q9 Generally speaking, if there was an election for
the state legislature today, would you vote for
the Democratic or Republican candidate from
your district?
Democrat ……………………………………………….. 50%
Republican……………………………………………… 41%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 9%

Q10 Do you think that the General Assembly is
causing North Carolina national
embarrassment, or not?
It is ………………………………………………………… 50%
It is not …………………………………………………… 34%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 16%

Q11 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of the protesters who have been getting
arrested at the General Assembly opposing the
Republican agenda?
Favorable……………………………………………….. 49%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 35%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 17%

Q12 Who do you have a higher opinion of: the
members of the General Assembly or the
people protesting them?
The General Assembly …………………………….. 38%
The people protesting them………………………. 47%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 15%

Q13 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of Rev. William Barber?
Favorable……………………………………………….. 28%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 26%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 46%

Q14 Do you think it was appropriate or
inappropriate for Pat McCrory to give
protesters cookies instead of meeting with
them?
Appropriate …………………………………………….. 26%
Inappropriate…………………………………………… 57%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 17%

Q15 During his campaign, Pat McCrory said he
would not sign any further restrictions on
abortion. Given the abortion bill he recently
signed, do you think he has kept his promise,
or not?
He has …………………………………………………… 27%
He has not ……………………………………………… 50%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 23%

Q16 In the last presidential election, did you vote for
Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
Barack Obama………………………………………… 45%
Mitt Romney……………………………………………. 49%
Someone else/Don’t remember …………………. 6%

Q17 Would you describe yourself as very liberal,
somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat
conservative, or very conservative?
Very liberal ……………………………………………… 10%
Somewhat liberal …………………………………….. 16%
Moderate………………………………………………… 32%
Somewhat conservative……………………………. 23%
Very conservative ……………………………………. 19%

Q18 If you are a woman, press 1. If a man, press 2.
Woman ………………………………………………….. 51%
Man……………………………………………………….. 49%

Q19 If you are a Democrat, press 1. If a Republican,
press 2. If you are an independent or identify
with another party, press 3.
Democrat ……………………………………………….. 43%
Republican……………………………………………… 34%
Independent/Other…………………………………… 23%

Q20 If you are white, press 1. If African-American,
press 2. If other, press 3.
White …………………………………………………….. 75%
African-American …………………………………….. 19%
Other……………………………………………………… 6%

Q21 If you are 18 to 29 years old, press 1. If 30 to
45, press 2. If 46 to 65, press 3. If you are
older than 65, press 4.
18 to 29………………………………………………….. 12%
30 to 45………………………………………………….. 26%
46 to 65………………………………………………….. 41%
Older than 65………………………………………….. 20%

Q22 Area Code
252………………………………………………………… 11%
336………………………………………………………… 22%
704………………………………………………………… 20%
828………………………………………………………… 16%
910………………………………………………………… 12%
919………………………………………………………… 20%

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