State Politics

People split on McCrory running for NC governor again in 2020, poll says

North Carolinians are split on whether former Gov. Pat McCrory should run for the governor’s office again in 2020, according to a recent poll.

Left-leaning Public Policy Polling conducted a survey of 657 North Carolina voters taken Monday and Tuesday showed that 41 percent of people surveyed would like McCrory to make another run at the governor’s mansion in the next election, while 44 percent said they didn’t want him to run and 15 percent said they were unsure. Previously, McCrory indicated he hadn’t ruled out the possibility of running again.

Voters surveyed also were divided on whether they see McCrory favorably or unfavorably. Forty percent said they had a favorable opinion of the Republican former governor, while 41 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion. Eighteen percent said they weren’t sure.

Forty-four percent said they think Roy Cooper, the Democrat who defeated McCrory, has been a better governor than McCrory was. Thirty-seven percent said they thought McCrory was better and 19 percent weren’t sure. Cooper had the approval of 48 percent of people surveyed, while 33 percent disapproved of the governor and 19 percent were unsure.

The N.C. General Assembly is far less popular than both – with 58 percent of voters surveyed saying they disapprove of the job the General Assembly is doing, 18 percent saying they approve and 25 percent unsure. Voters surveyed viewed neither Republicans nor Democrats in the legislature favorably – with 46 percent saying they have an unfavorable opinion of Democrats (37 percent favorable) and 55 percent saying they had an unfavorable opinion of Republicans (32 percent favorable).

Those surveyed also said they would be more likely to vote for Democratic candidates for the state legislature than Republicans – 46 percent to 40 percent, respectively – while 14 percent said they weren’t sure who they would support.


The largest age group surveyed was of people 46-65 years old – 42 percent – while 11 percent were 18-29, 22 percent were 30-45 and 26 percent were older than 65. Fifty-three percent were women and 47 percent were men.

Of those surveyed, 41 percent were Democrats, 33 percent were Republicans and 26 percent identified as independent. Seventy-three percent were white, 21 percent were black and 6 percent were “other.”

The group included more people who supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election than Hillary Clinton – 46 percent for Trump compared to 44 percent for Clinton, with 3 percent for Gary Johnson, none for Jill Stein and 6 percent for “someone else.”