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Civitas Poll gives McCrory improving marks

Gov. Pat McCrory is applauded by legislators and dignitaries as he leaves the House Chambers afterdelivering his second State of the State address Wednesday, February 4, 2015, on the House floor of the North Carolina General Assembly Building.
Gov. Pat McCrory is applauded by legislators and dignitaries as he leaves the House Chambers afterdelivering his second State of the State address Wednesday, February 4, 2015, on the House floor of the North Carolina General Assembly Building. tlong@newsobserver.com

A new Civitas Poll shows Gov. Pat McCrory with some of his strongest ratings lately.

The survey found 53 percent of those polled approve of the job he’s doing contrasted with 37 percent disapproval. The most emphatic categories were “somewhat approve” at 37 percent and “strongly disapprove” at 25 percent.

In early April, the left-leaning Public Policy Polling reported McCrory under water at 36 percent to 45 percent, saying he had been in that territory for a long time.

The conservative Civitas also found satisfaction with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, at 41 to 31 percent, and President Barack Obama at 52 percent disapprove and 46 percent approve.

The poll was of 600 registered voters who have voted in at least one of the past two general elections or newly registered; 30 percent were reached on cell phones. The survey was taken May 5 to 7.

Speaking of Burr, CNN reports that a new nonprofit organization tied to the American Crossroads super PAC founded by former White House adviser Karl Rove, One Nation, will spend $1.9 million on an ad campaign in support of vulnerable incumbents. That includes Burr.

CNN says One Nation will spend $125,000 in North Carolina on print, radio and digital ads.

The ad campaign sparked an urgent plea from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to raise more money to stave off the GOP assault.

Meanwhile, Charlie Cook of the National Journal and The Cook Political Report says if former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan runs against Burr that race will be a toss-up at this point leading up to the 2016 election.

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