August 9, 2017/Press

NEW POLL: NC Voters Behind Gov. Cooper, AG Stein, Democrats, While GOP, Sen. Tillis Underwater

Raleigh – North Carolina voters are eager to elect Democrats in 2018 and overwhelmingly approve of the job Governor Roy Cooper is doing, according to new polling released today from the Public Policy Polling.

The poll also found that voters see General Assembly Republicans’ attacks on AG Stein as dangerous and purely partisan and have soured on Sen. Tillis as his health care votes hang on him like an albatross. Full poll found here; highlights below.

Republican General Assembly’s Popularity Underwater, while Democrats Lead Generic Legislative Ballot

  • Democrats have a 46% – 40% lead on the generic legislative ballot for 2018, including a ten-point lead among Independents (39% – 29%).
  • Enthusiasm continues to be on Democrats’ side: 57% of Democrats are ‘very excited’ to vote in 2018 midterms, compared to 47% of Republicans; among these voters, the generic ballot lead for Democrats jumps to 52% – 39%.
  • Six in ten respondents (58%) disapprove of the job the General Assembly is doing, compared to only 18% who approve.
  • 55% of voters view the Republican majority unfavorably, compared with just 32% who see them favorably.

Governor Roy Cooper Holds Higher Approval Ratings than Predecessor at this Point in his Tenure

  • Half (48%) of voters approve of Gov. Cooper, compared to 33% who disapprove; Gov. Cooper holds a 20-point advantage with Independents (45% approve vs. 26% disapprove).
  • Gov. Cooper far our paces his predecessor at this point in his tenure; Pat McCrory held -12 net approval rating (39% approve vs. 51% disapprove) in August of his first year as Governor.

NC Voters Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Partisan Cuts to Attorney General Stein’s Office and a Majority Believe the Cuts Will Make NC Less Safe.

  • Less than one in five voters (18%) support the cuts, while three in five (60%) oppose them, including an overwhelming majority of Independents (9% approve, 68% disapprove), Democrats (18% vs. 65%), and Republicans (26% vs. 48%).
  • Six in ten (59%) believe the cuts will make the state less safe, compared to just 12% who say the cuts will make the state safer.
  • A plurality of voters (46%) believe General Assembly Republicans made the cuts just because AG Stein is a Democrat, while only 21% report that Republicans did it because it’s good for the state (33% aren’t sure one way or another).

Affordable Care Act’s Popularity Continues to Grow as Voters Punish Sen. Tillis for Health Care Votes:

  • Nearly half (47%) of North Carolinians support the Affordable Care Act vs. 38% who opposed it, and more than half (55%) believe the best path forward is to keep and fix the ACA.
  • Just 28% of voters approve of Sen. Tillis, compared to 45% who disapprove.
  • By 16 points, voters report being less likely to vote for someone who supported the health care repeal bill (46% less likely vs. 30% more likely).

Read the full poll online here.