Pollster: When your BFF only has a 16% approval rating…(video)

Earlier this week in Hendersonville, state Sen. Tom Apodaca told a crowd of supporters that they “need a  general” like Pat McCrory to lead  “the army” of Republican legislators in place at the General Assembly.

While the line may sound good in a room full of potential volunteers and donors, Public Policy Polling director Tom Jensen says it may in fact signal a misstep by the Republican gubernatorial candidate.

Jensen notes that in “buddying himself up to” a conservative legislature with a 16% approval rating, McCrory may be creating more potential trouble for himself in the fall.

Jensen says while the former Charlotte mayor currently enjoys a lead over any of his potential Democratic opponents, 57% of voters polled said they were less likely to support McCrory knowing that he supported the Republican-led budget plan, which resulted in deep cuts to public education.

Pollster Tom Jensen runs down the latest poll numbers in North Carolina’s gubernatorial contest and the presidential race this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon. For a preview of his radio interview, click below:


  1. Frances Jenkins

    February 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    As always, the truth matters. What is the pure ranking of the Democrat members of the General Assembly that use woman, children,students, the poor and minorities to further their power. Shame on you.

  2. david esmay

    February 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Frances, in your bizarro world everything is upside down. Repubs pushed through the cuts on programs that support all of the people you mentioned, that’s why their approval ratings suck.

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