PPP Poll: McCrory’s Approval Rating Remains Low

Story originally posted April 11, 2014, 3:08 p.m.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory remains unpopular in the state, according to a new poll released by Public Policy Polling in Raleigh.

Director Tom Jensen of PPP broke down some of the new numbers for WCHL.

“This is the 10th month in a row now that we found Pat McCrory with a negative approval rating,” he says. “Only 40 percent of voters approve of the job he’s doing. Forty-five percent disapprove.”

According to Jensen and PPP, McCrory’s presumed top challenger for a 2016 race still has some work to do when it comes to building name recognition.

“It’s already pretty clear that Attorney General Roy Cooper is going to be challenging him for re-election in 2016,” says Jensen. “We find the two of them tied at 43 percent.”

Jensen added that Cooper is still unknown to 50 percent of voters in the state. But among those who do know him, he polls favorably, at 33 percent positive, and 17 percent unfavorable.

Another possible Democratic challenger, former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, is even less recognizable to voters.

“Charles Meeker has been traveling around parts of the state, outside the Triangle, having meetings with local Democratic elected officials, and that sort of thing” says Jensen, “to start to build up some visibility as he, at least, thinks about making a campaign in 2016.”

PPP numbers show that McCrory would beat former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker 45-to-38 in a head-to-head race.

Right now, Meeker is only known to 28 percent of North Carolina voters.


McCrory Signs 39 Bills That Become NC Law

RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory has cleared his desk of dozens of bills sent to him by the North Carolina General Assembly.

McCrory announced he signed 39 pieces of legislation into law, including a measure requiring public schools to teach cursive writing and multiplication tables to elementary public school students. The “Back to Basics” legislation was in part a response by legislators learning national Common Core standards leave out cursive handwriting.

Other bills he signed Wednesday would limit the amount of debt legislators can authorize that doesn’t require voter approval and allow beer vendors to sell within the stands of more professional sporting events, like minor league baseball.

The legislature also made law Wednesday a bill changing districts and elections for the Wake County school board. Local bills don’t go to McCrory.