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Poll shows HB2 unpopular

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Two turbulent months after Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law House Bill 2 limiting LGBT anti-discrimination protections a new poll shows half the state wants it repealed.

Thirty-eight percent think it should remain in effect, and 12 percent are not sure.

The survey, released Tuesday by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling, found 44 percent of those surveyed oppose it, 35 percent of voters in North Carolina support HB2 and 21 percent aren’t sure.

Voters want to see it repealed because they think it’s detrimental to the state’s economy and reputation. Fifty-six percent say the new law hurts the state economically and 29 percent think it is helping.

They also doubt that HB2 is accomplishing what it was supposed to: 36 percent think it has made the state safer and 47 percent don’t think it has. Among women, 28 percent say it has made the state safer and 53 percent say it hasn’t.

The questions in the poll were straightforward; for example: Do you support or oppose HB2? Overall, do you think that HB2 is helping or hurting North Carolina? Do you think HB2 has made North Carolina safer or not?

The PPP survey found Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper tied at 41 percent. Except for a Civitas poll in April that put Cooper 9 points ahead, the candidates have been tied within the margin of error in polling. The average of the four most recent polls puts Cooper ahead 3.7 percentage points. The most recent previous PPP survey had Cooper up by 2 percentage points.

The survey of 928 registered voters was taken Friday to Sunday, and has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points. Eighty percent of the surveys were done by phone and 20 percent on the internet. It is more accurate to survey likely voters, as the last Civitas did in a poll of 600.

Other findings:

▪ Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and Democratic challenger Linda Coleman are tied at 38 percent.

▪ Democrat Josh Stein leads Sen. Buck Newton 39-38 percent in the race for attorney general.

▪ Republican Dale Folwell and Democrat Dan Blue III are tied at 39 percent in the treasurer’s race.

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