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October 17, 2013

McCrory’s drop in popularity seems to have stabilized

Pro McCrory TV campaign may be having an impact. But legislature’s approval rating is dismal.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory appears to have stemmed the decline in his popularity, according to a new poll.

McCrory, who started the year as very popular, saw a sharp drop in his polling numbers after he began signing controversial bills passed by the legislature this spring.

But a new survey shows McCrory with an approval rating of 37 percent, a disapproval rating of 51 percent, with 11 percent not sure. The survey was by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh.

That was up slightly from last month – although within the margin of error – when his approval rating was 35 percent and his disapproval rating was 53 percent.

In recent weeks, a committee with ties to McCrory has been running TV ads promoting the governor and his agenda.

The survey also found that 38 percent approved of the job that Republicans are doing running state government, while 57 percent disapprove, while 5 percent are not sure. The legislature’s approval rating is a dismal 23 percent.

Asked if they would vote for a Democrat or a Republican in a legislative race today, 44 percent said they would vote for a Democrat, 41 percent said a Republican and 15 percent said they were not sure.

The survey of 746 voters was conducted Oct. 4-6.

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