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PPP says NC Legislature generally unpopular, but GOP base is happy

A new poll says Democrats in the state legislature have a lower approval rating than the Republican majority - and both are unpopular overall.

A Public Policy Polling survey of North Carolina voters released Wednesday says the General Assembly is generally unpopular, with 51 percent disapproving of the job it's doing and 23 percent approving.

Democrats in the legislature have a favorability rating of 34 percent, while Republicans are at 37 percent.

PPP's Tom Jensen said the "main reason for that is the Republican base is happier with its party leadership (74/12 favorability) than the Democrats (57/23) are with theirs. That big gap is a relatively new development."

Other items of interest:

• Sen. Thom Tillis has an approval rating of 32 percent and a disapproval rating of 38 percent.

• Republicans now see Rep. Renee Ellmers unfavorably, with 19 percent seeing her "positively" and 27 percent holding a "negative opinion."