Mid-way through his term, Gov. Pat McCrory's popularity remains so-so. But that's good enough to defeat either of his two known Democratic opponents in 2016, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday.
PPP says Republican McCrory's 41 percent approval rating, with 45 percent disapproving of the job he's done, is the 19th poll in a row where his numbers have been under water. When matched against Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, McCrory leads 44 to 39 percentage points.
In what's something of a victory for Durham attorney and former state legislator Ken Spaulding, McCrory leads Spaulding by about the same margin: 44-34 percentage point.
PPP's Tom Jensen says neither Democrat has strong name recognition, including the longtime attorney general: 57 percent know Cooper and 28 percent know Spaulding. That translates to more undecided Democrats, PPP says.
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Voters will be hearing more about the candidates, who are building up their campaign war chests. McCrory reports raising $554,0000 with nearly $1.6 million total. Cooper has raised $310,000 with about $100,000 less cash on hand than the governor.
Spauling has raised $8,900 with $61,000 cash on hand.