April 25, 2019/Press

NEW REPORT: Senator Tillis Has a Base – And Trust – Problem

Raleigh – Senator Tillis spinelessly flip-flopped his way through the first few months of this year, performing an “Olympic Gold flip flop” on the emergency declaration that infuriated conservatives, moderates, independents, Democrats and everyone in between. Now, fresh insights from Morning Consult revealed how Tillis’ weakness has not only caused him to “lose credibility with North Carolina Republicans” but has also pushed voters of all stripes to not trust him.

According to the new report:

  • “About a third of North Carolina Republicans (32 percent) said it’s time to give a new person a chance, compared with 39 percent who said Tillis has done a good-enough job to deserve re-election.”
  • “Tillis’ net approval — the share of voters who approve of his job performance minus the share who don’t — fell by 12 percentage points among North Carolina Republican voters during the first quarter of 2019.”
  • “One conservative operative in the state said Tillis has a trust problem, with moderates questioning his independence from the president and conservatives questioning his loyalty.”
  • “’There seems to be more chatter about Tillis facing a primary than anyone else,’ said nonpartisan political analyst Nathan Gonzales.”


“Two-faced Tillis achieved one thing in the first few months of his reelection campaign: reminding voters of all stripes that he’s too weak to stand up for North Carolina,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said. “After caving ‘like a sand castle at high tide’ on the emergency declaration – selling out our military families – Senator Tillis pushed a sham health care bill that’s a ‘false promise’ and ‘political cover’ that ‘falls far short’ of protecting North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions. On issue after issue, Senator Tillis continues to show he’s more concerned about his reelection chances than looking out for North Carolina, and voters are right not to trust him.”