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Foundation poll shows support for McCrory’s bonds

A poll conducted for private political foundation that supports Gov. Pat McCrory finds strong support for his proposal to approve bonds for roads and infrastructure improvements.

The survey shows 63 percent of those polled support the combined $2.85 billion bonds plan so long as it doesn’t raise taxes, according to results released Monday by Renew N.C. The foundation was formed to promote the administration’s policies.

The poll found 67 percent say they would probably or definitely vote for the roads bond if the election was held today, while 12 percent said they would probably vote against it. On the infrastructure bonds — for college buildings, ports, parks and other things — 69 percent say they would probably or definately vote in favor, while 14 percent would probable vote against that bond.

Respondents’ highest priorities for the money would be for bridges, roads and parks.

McCrory is trying to build support across the state for the improvement bonds, which the legislature would have to put on a ballot. So far, the General Assembly hasn’t done anything to move in that direction, and some Senate leaders have flatly said it won’t happen, the governor has said.

The poll was conducted by Telopinion Research, a firm run by Bill Lee, a pollster for many national Republican campaigns. About one-fourth of surveys were done by cell phone. The poll was taken of 1,000 people who voted in 2012 or 2014, between May 14 and 19, and it has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

Other findings:

▪ McCrory’s favorability rating was 57 percent who approve of the job he is doing, 32 percent disapprove and 11 percent aren’t sure, which would be the highest rating he has had.

▪ The General Assembly has 47 percent approval, 36 percent disapproval, and 16 percent not sure.

▪ Several questions show strong and consistent support for education throughout the state.

▪ Some of the questions pointedly expressed the governor’s opinion that now would be a good time to approve the bonds, especially while interest rates are low, and stressed that taxes wouldn’t be raised to pay for them.

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