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November 22, 2013

Pat McCrory gets 'mostly false' rating for voter ID remark

Gov. Pat McCrory is facing more scrutiny for his comments early this week about the state's new voting law in a national TV interview.

Gov. Pat McCrory is facing more scrutiny for his comments earlier this week about the state’s new voting law in a national TV interview.

"If you survey, most (North Carolina) Democrats also agree with our (election) laws and voter ID,” the Republican governor told MSNBC on Wednesday morning.

But PolitiFact says McCrory is “mostly false.” The award-winning fact-checking website took a look at recent polls on the subject and found little recent evidence to support the governor’s assertion.

PolitiFact concluded: “There’s a bunch of polling data on this question; some of it is conflicted, and much of it with a degree of uncertainty due to small sample sizes in the polls. Still, there’s enough data to cast at least some doubt on the accuracy of McCrory’s statement.

“While a majority of North Carolina Democrats were indeed comfortable with a voter ID law for many months, that support turned to disapproval beginning no later than September 2013 (according to the Elon poll) and possibly as early as February 2013 (according to the Civitas poll). And the one poll question that asked about the law as a whole found strong opposition among Democrats, to a degree that is well outside the margin of error.

“We give more weight to the recent polls that were public knowledge when he made his statement, so we rate the claim Mostly False.”

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