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New poll shows N.C. legislators out of touch with voters

Posted August 9

NC Legislative Building

The findings from the latest Public Policy Polling survey of North Carolina – out today (Aug. 9) – make one point very clear:
The leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly marches to the beat of a drummer only it seems to be able to hear. Just how out of touch are the legislative leaders with the state’s voters?

  • 60 percent of the voters OPPOSE the legislature’s cuts made to the state Department of Justice.
  • 56 percent of the voters FAVOR nonpartisan congressional and legislative redistricting.
  • 58 percent of the voters DISAPPROVE of the job the legislature is doing (55 percent have an unfavorable opinion of the Republicans while 46 percent have an unfavorable opinion of the Democrats).
  • 47 percent of the voters APPROVE of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) while 38 percent oppose it. That's a flip from November 2013 when support was at 38 percent and opposition at 48 percent.

Other findings in the statewide survey that was conducted Aug. 7 and 8 include:

  • -- 50 percent DISAPPROVE of President Donald Trump’s job performance.
  • -- 48 percent APPROVE of Gov. Roy Cooper’s job performance while 33 percent disapprove.

Cooper’s (a Democrat) standing among voters marks a significant change in their feeling about their governor. At the same point during the administration of former Gov. Pat McCrory (a Republican), just 39 percent of voters approved of his performance while 51 percent disapproved. Former Gov. Bev Perdue (a Democrat) had a 27 percent job approval rating at the same point while 52 percent disapproved.

For complete results of this latest Public Policy Polling survey, CLICK HERE.


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