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New poll may explain why end of session is nigh

The latest poll results from Public Policy Polling may explain in part why legislative leaders and Gov. McCrory have decided to expedite the end of the 2013 legislative session: They’ve decided to cut their losses.

Here’s the new PPP release:

“North Carolinians are very angry about the abortion bill that’s been working its way through the General Assembly…and now their anger toward state government is really being directed toward Governor Pat McCrory.

For the first time since taking office we find that McCrory has a negative approval rating this month. Only 40% of voters are happy with the job he’s doing to 49% who disapprove. That’s down a net 15 points from June when he was at a 45/39 spread. While McCrory’s numbers are pretty steady with Republicans, he continues to lose ground with Democrats (down a net 17 points from -36 at 24/60 last month to now -53 at 17/70) and independents (down a net 20 points from +12 at 46/34 last month to -8 at 41/49 now). Only 68% of people who voted for McCrory last fall continue to approve of his job performance.

July of the first year in office seems to be a tough time for North Carolina Governors- McCrory’s predecessor Bev Perdue posted the worst numbers of her entire administration at this time four years ago with 25% of voters approving and 55% disapproving of her.

Unhappiness over the abortion bill seems to be driving a lot of the increased unhappiness with the Republicans in state government this month. Only 34% of voters support the proposal to 47% who are opposed. They’re even more unhappy with the process- 80% think it’s inappropriate to combine abortion legislation with bills about motorcycle safety or Sharia Law.

This speaks to a greater issue voters have with the General Assembly’s transparency…

Read the rest of the release and see the results by clicking here.  

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