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Voters souring on McCrory, lawmakers

Posted September 19, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory

— Gov. Pat McCrory's approval rating continues to sink from the highs he registered in his first months in office, according to a poll released Thursday by Elon University.

The Elon University Poll, which surveyed 701 registered voters statewide between last Friday and Monday, also found that less than a third of North Carolina voters approve of the actions of the state General Assembly. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

Forty-nine percent of voters gave McCrory a thumbs-up in a poll Elon conducted in April, compared with 36 percent who disapproved of his job performance. In the latest poll, his approval has dropped to 36 percent, with 46 percent saying he's doing a bad job.

The findings are similar to a poll conducted last month by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, which pegged McCrory's approval at 39 percent.

"The current survey found the steepest declines in support came from Democrats, but McCrory lost support from independents and Republicans as well," Elon University Poll officials noted.

Almost three-fourths of the Democrats surveyed now disapprove of McCrory, up from only 44 percent in April. His disapproval rating among independents has jumped from 17 percent in April to 42 percent now – only 37 percent of independents approve – while discontent among Republicans has almost doubled, from 11 to 21 percent.

Female voters also deserted McCrory in recent months, with his disapproval rate rising from 29 to 49 percent. A similar jump was seen among young voters, with disapproval increasing from 24 to 45 percent among people ages 18 to 30.

Two of the most controversial bills McCrory signed this summer affect women and young voters. One adds regulations to the operation of abortion clinics and limits health insurance coverage for abortions, while sweeping changes to election laws prevent students from using their school IDs to verify their identity at the polls, eliminate same-day registration and curtail the length of the early voting period.

McCrory can look favorably on the fact that voters dislike state lawmakers more than him.

Only 32 percent of those Elon surveyed said they approve of the General Assembly's job performance, compared with 48 percent who don't. Those numbers are down from 37 percent approval and 39 percent disapproval in April.

Although the Republican-controlled legislature saw more support from GOP voters polled – 52 percent, up from 46 percent in April – support among independents and Democrats fell sharply. Sixty-nine percent of Democrats now disapprove of the legislature's job, up from 50 percent five months ago, and 53 percent of independents give lawmakers a thumbs down, compared with 40 percent in April.

Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed in the latest poll said they believe North Carolina is on the wrong track, compared with 32 percent who said the state is heading in the right direction. A similar question wasn't asked in the April poll.

As the party in control, Republicans took the brunt of the criticism for the state's problems. Forty-nine percent of those Elon surveyed said the GOP was to blame, compared with only 19 percent who blamed Democrats.

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  • peedoffpopo Sep 25, 10:31 p.m.

    I am an Independant. I think the state was on the wrong track for more than 100 years before our current legistlature took over. They are cleaning up a mess while also giving to the conservatives who put them there what they promised. We need to look at what they are doing and allow a little more time for it to work. The old saying is you can't get blood from a turnip. The state is broke, our financial system is broken, our tax system should be dismantled, and we have far too many liberals hounding and pounding the door. Give these men and women a little time and see if what they have been doing may just work. If not, then pound and hound!

  • littleriver69 Sep 24, 8:39 a.m.

    HEY!!!!! It takes time to completely WRECK a state. So far, Asst Gov. McCrory has done a fairly decent job of strangling our public school, suppressing the votes of anyone who might vote against him during the next election, and withholding tax money from the unemployed. And, he did all this while rewarding his political cronies with high-paying jobs. GIVE HIM TIME TO COMPLETE HIS MISSION. I'm sure he and Gov Art Pope have more ideas just waiting to go Pope's employees in the Legislature for a vote, so give this process some more time. Convincing the other states and the WORLD that NC is a backwoods, racist, and anti-intellctual place to live takes AT LEAST THREE YEARS.
    Bogged Down
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    That you barack??

  • littleriver69 Sep 24, 8:37 a.m.

    Not me, keep up the good work Pat!! I think you are doing a great job!

  • junkmail5 Sep 20, 3:56 p.m.

    junkmail, you're full of junk...are you saying 701 people are representative of our entire state?
    Deb1003

    If the sampling was properly random, yes. That's the POINT.

    That's how statistics ACTUALLY works.

    Good thing too because it'd take a while to call millions of people every time you wanted poll results.

    When polls are slanted to a particular point of view-THEY ARE NOT NEWS!!! Do a FAIR poll and see what kind of results you get- baldchip

    Every single poll I've seen on McCrory and the NCGA has about the same results.

    How many sources do you need for a FACT before you admit it is one?

  • Bogged Down Sep 20, 1:36 p.m.

    HEY!!!!!
    It takes time to completely WRECK a state. So far, Asst Gov. McCrory has done a fairly decent job of strangling our public school, suppressing the votes of anyone who might vote against him during the next election, and withholding tax money from the unemployed. And, he did all this while rewarding his political cronies with high-paying jobs. GIVE HIM TIME TO COMPLETE HIS MISSION. I'm sure he and Gov Art Pope have more ideas just waiting to go Pope's employees in the Legislature for a vote, so give this process some more time. Convincing the other states and the WORLD that NC is a backwoods, racist, and anti-intellctual place to live takes AT LEAST THREE YEARS.

  • snshine62d Sep 20, 12:54 p.m.

    "By the way, do you really want Bev Perdue back? There you go." -- rmsmith

    She's back, and she has changed her name to Pat.

    Bev II, Pat Perdue.

    Too funny........

  • snshine62d Sep 20, 12:53 p.m.

    In the spirit of fairness (and amusement, I must admit), I performed a search for "Perdue approval" articles on WRAL and found...basically nothing. WRAL, are you not embarrassed at how obvious your agenda is?

    Click to view my profile In the meantime...

    surely you jest? WRAL in my opinion publishs cafeteria style. in other words they present what they think we the viewer needs to see. it is a form of mind control and censorship. we know WRAL practices extreme censorship on golo. I spect fully 30% of my posts are NEVER ALLOWED TO GO THRU== why? merely becuz I express a view that the censors do not agree with.

    I've never had a problem with WRAL posting my post. And to be honest I think they publish the news. Not one against the other. There have been times that I don't like what they said about my party however, news is news.

  • HeadsUp Sep 20, 12:48 p.m.

    "By the way, do you really want Bev Perdue back? There you go." -- rmsmith

    She's back, and she has changed her name to Pat.

    Bev II, Pat Perdue.

  • wildpig777 Sep 20, 12:21 p.m.

    In the spirit of fairness (and amusement, I must admit), I performed a search for "Perdue approval" articles on WRAL and found...basically nothing. WRAL, are you not embarrassed at how obvious your agenda is?

    Click to view my profile In the meantime...

    surely you jest? WRAL in my opinion publishs cafeteria style. in other words they present what they think we the viewer needs to see. it is a form of mind control and censorship. we know WRAL practices extreme censorship on golo. I spect fully 30% of my posts are NEVER ALLOWED TO GO THRU== why? merely becuz I express a view that the censors do not agree with.

  • JustOneGodLesThanU Sep 20, 11:35 a.m.

    "He is doing what the majority of the voters wanted.
    rmsmith"

    Not according to the recent polls he's not. The polls indicate there is a disconnect between the results of the election and the way the voters currently feel.

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