Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr have a healthy lead over potential 2016 challengers in a new Public Policy Polling survey of likely voters. But both face low approval ratings, which likely means competitive races once the Democratic nominees emerge, the poll found.
The poll found McCrory would beat the likely Democratic candidate, Attorney General Roy Cooper, with 46 percent to Cooper’s 39 percent. That’s despite the fact that only 41 percent of those who responded approved of the governor’s performance.
Burr’s numbers are similar. Only 31 percent say they approve of the state’s senior Senator, but they favored him by a 46-43 percent margin over outgoing Sen. Kay Hagan, who came closer than any other Democrats named in the poll.
The poll gave Burr a wider margin over state treasurer Janet Cowell and U.S. transportation secretary and former Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx.
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“Pat McCrory and Richard Burr continue to sport pretty mediocre approval numbers,” said Dean Debnam Democratic-leaning PPP. “But their potential Democratic opponents for 2016 aren’t that well known at this point so they start out as slight favorites for reelection.”