Roy Cooper’s lead over Pat McCrory is growing according to a new poll from Monmouth University.
Cooper, the current Democratic Attorney General of North Carolina receives 52 percent in the poll to Republican incumbent governor McCrory’s 43 percent. Libertarian Lon Cecil gets 3 percent and 3 percent are undecided.
The race for North Carolina governor has been neck and neck since March’s primary. As recently as early August, Cooper led McCrory by a single point according to Public Policy Polling.
House Bill 2 continues to negatively impact McCrory’s popularity. The governor’s approval rating is split with 45 percent approving of the job McCrory is doing and 46 percent disapprove. But, 55 percent disapprove of House Bill 2 to 36 percent who approve of the law. Seventy percent of the respondents think that House Bill 2 has had a negative impact on North Carolina’s reputation nationally.
In the race for North Carolina’s United States Senate seat, Republican incumbent Richard Burr leads Democratic challenger Deborah Ross, 45-43. Libertarian Sean Haugh received 4 percent and 8 percent are undecided. Burr has served as one of North Carolina’s senators since 2005. Prior to that, he spent a decade as a member of Congress. Despite more than 20 years of representing North Carolinians, 47 percent of respondents have no opinion on Burr. Seventy-one percent of the people surveyed have no opinion on Ross.
According to the Monmouth survey, the race for president remains close in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump, 44-42. The gap is the same margin found by Public Polling Polling in early August. In that poll, Clinton held a 43-41 lead over Trump. It was her first lead in North Carolina since March.
Clinton and Trump received similar results in terms of favorable ratings and whether the candidates are “looking out for the little guy.” Thirty-six percent of respondents have a favorable view of Clinton and 34 percent have a favorable view of Trump. According to the poll, 42 percent believe that Clinton would do a good job looking out for the little guy compared to 40 percent for Trump.
Read the full Monmouth University poll.