The top statewide races in North Carolina remain close following the shakeout after last week’s primary elections, in the latest Public Policy Polling survey.
Gov. Pat McCrory leads Roy Cooper 42 to 40 percent, which is within the margin of error, making it a tossup still. PPP found McCrory with a 40 percent job-approval rating and a 49 percent disapproval. Cooper still struggles with name recognition, with 39 percent having no opinion about him and 33 percent rating him favorably.
These races are also too close to predict: Linda Coleman, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, leads incumbent Dan Forest 36 to 33 percent. Democrat Dan Blue III has a 39-36 percent lead over Republican Dale Folwell in the open seat for treasurer. Josh Stein, the Democratic pick for attorney general, leads Sen. Buck Newton 38 to 37 percent.
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▪ Seventy-six percent of North Carolinians surveyed favor raising the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour. That breaks down to support from 89 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents and 62 percent of Republicans.
▪ Background checks for all gun purchases has massive support: 83 percent in favor and 8 percent opposed.
▪ The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to reduce air pollution, opposed by the McCrory administration and other Republican governors, is supported 66 to 28 percent.
The Democratic-leaning PPP surveyed 843 registered voters Friday through Sunday. Eighty percent of the participants, chosen by list-based database sample, responded by phone. The remainder, who didn’t have landlines, were conducted through the internet. The margin of error is 3.4 percentage points.