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Poll: McCrory, GOP lawmakers see approval slide

Posted August 14, 2013

— Approval ratings for Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-led General Assembly have plummeted in recent weeks, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Public Policy Polling says McCrory's job approval is at a record low 39 percent, with 51 percent of respondents saying they disapprove of his performance as governor. Lawmakers did even worse, with an approval rating of 24 percent.

PPP surveyed 600 North Carolina voters Aug. 8-11, and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. Although the firm does work for many Democratic candidates, it said the poll wasn't paid for by any campaign or political group.

Renew North Carolina, a foundation set up last fall to support McCrory's agenda, countered the PPP poll numbers by releasing the results of internal polling it conducted Aug. 8-12.

That poll, which surveyed 800 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, shows a 48 percent job approval rating for McCrory and only a 22 percent disapproval rating.

In the PPP poll, half of those surveyed said they believe the General Assembly's actions have embarrassed the state, and 47 percent said they have a higher opinion of the people involved in the so-called "Moral Monday" protests than they do of the legislature. Only 38 percent said they have more respect for lawmakers than the protesters.

Only one-third of respondents favor the $20.6 billion state budget lawmakers approved last month, compared with 52 percent who said they don't like it. An even larger percentage, 55 percent, said they dislike lawmakers' decision to eliminate the annual sales-tax holiday.

McCrory's handling of legislation that adds regulations to North Carolina abortion clinics and restricts which health plans can offer abortion coverage was panned by PPP respondents. Half said they believe he broke a campaign promise not to impose any new restrictions on abortion in the state, and 57 percent said it was inappropriate of him to give a plate of cookies to women protesting the bill outside the Executive Mansion.

"Voters think Pat McCrory handled the abortion bill very poorly," PPP President Dean Debnam said in a statement. "They think he broke a campaign promise by signing it and compounded the problem by being disrespectful to protesters against it."

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  • davidgnews Aug 16, 8:21 a.m.

    knowing full well that the radical right which now controls our state gov't will use those boneheaded protests to paint EVERYONE who opposes them as a "liberal nut job" and such is most DEFINITELY NOT the case!! sixnitepkg

    Of course not, but they'll use every excuse possible no matter how little sense it really makes. They're so hard-right, even the middle looks 'leftist' to them.

  • Bill Brasky Aug 15, 4:17 p.m.

    58% identified themselves as Very liberal, liberal or Moderate 43% were Democrats and 34% were Republicans 61% were over 45 years old

    In other words, a near exact makeup of North Carolina's overall voters.

  • UNCRules123 Aug 15, 3:28 p.m.

    Must be another one of those highly scientific and incredibly accurate ELON Polls, like where they said ninety-percent of North Carolinians supported same sex marriages.

  • sixnitepkg Aug 15, 3:19 p.m.

    "58% identified themselves as Very liberal, liberal or Moderate 43% were Democrats and 34% were Republicans 61% were over 45 years old"

    The ONE thing these numbers DO NOT do is show how many are "liberal" vs. "moderate" and distinguish approval or disapproval in those groups... I consider myself a moderate, or even conservative in some aspects, and I kept seething throughout the "moral monday" junk knowing full well that the radical right which now controls our state gov't will use those boneheaded protests to paint EVERYONE who opposes them as a "liberal nut job" and such is most DEFINITELY NOT the case!!

  • Pirate01 Aug 15, 1:45 p.m.

    PPP is a liberal group and is just trying to contribute to the "spin" from the leftist.

  • RunsWithWolves Aug 15, 1:42 p.m.

    Come November, we'll remember!

  • cringercat1862 Aug 15, 12:30 p.m.

    They didnt poll me, I approve of the conservative efforts...

  • yankee1 Aug 15, 12:29 p.m.

    It always pays to look at the internals of any poll:

    58% identified themselves as Very liberal, liberal or Moderate
    43% were Democrats and 34% were Republicans
    61% were over 45 years old

    That makes the results of this poll rather expected. You can check it yourself at the PP website.

  • Taffy Aug 15, 12:11 p.m.

    Remember - Vote in November!!!! Get as many of these fools out of government!

  • foodstamptrader Aug 15, 12:04 p.m.

    "After mistreating students, state employees, the elderly, the poor, and minorities, the polls are spelling out the public's outrage." - floydthebarber

    Heaven forbid anyone "mistreat" or offend our precious state employees or their lobbying arms NCAE & SEANC! Anyone that tries to rein in their goodies will be sorry....

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