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New poll: Burr should resign, North Carolinians divided on Trump’s handling of coronavirus

The latest poll by Public Policy Polling offers a snapshot into how North Carolinians are thinking and feeling as COVID-19 continues to dominate the headlines and leave many sheltering at home.

PPP’s newest poll of nearly 900 registered voters finds that a majority of North Carolinians believe that Sen. Richard Burr should resign following revelation about his well-timed stock sales after receiving classified briefings about the coronavirus.

Fifty percent of voters surveyed think Burr should resign, compared to 24% who think he should remain in office. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed also now disapprove of Burr’s job performance, compared to 22% who say they approve.

PPP notes that since last polling on Burr in June, his disapproval is up 18 points and his approval has dropped by 10 points.

On the national level, North Carolinians are mixed in how President Trump is responding to the current emergency.

Forty-nine percent of those polled approve of the job he’s doing, compared to 45% who disapprove and six percent who are unsure.

On the issue of truthfulness, at least half of North Carolinains don’t believe they are getting the full story from the White House:

Governor Cooper receives better marks, with 63% saying they approve of his handling of the coronavirus crisis.

It’s also worth noting that one in five North Carolinians in this poll describe the precautions taken thus far as over-reacting.

On Tuesday morning, state health officials confirmed 398 positive cases of COVID-19 in 48 counties.

Read PPP’s full survey results here.


  1. MaryPage

    March 24, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Treat him much worse than they did Martha Stewart

  2. Edward Fahey

    March 24, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    This virus will hit like one of those selective Old Testament plagues. It will tear through huge areas and whole communities of ignorant and Godless trump supporters and FOX watchers for worshipping false idols and, thereby turning against God.

  3. Tony

    March 24, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    If 49% it people who were polled approve of the job Trump is doing it appears that 49% of them are not paying attention.

  4. Kenneth Long

    March 24, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Resign HELL!!!! He needs to put on trial for treason against the people of the USA!!!!

  5. Michael

    March 24, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Burr should be convicted of insider trading. No resignation, but incarceration!

  6. Keith

    March 25, 2020 at 8:24 am

    This is episode 2 of that hilarious sitcom “Get all our money out, honey!” So “Senator” Fratty-Boy Jock-Strap will ask his fratty bros if he acted “ethically.”

  7. Heather

    March 25, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    No he should tuck his tail between his legs & go

  8. Nick

    March 25, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    So after our intel agencies warned Trump in late January that this was coming, we have his three-stage response: denial, followed by a critical period of inaction, and finally a late beginning to catch up with an unforgiving virus that will kill many. Early testing would have saved lives now and the coming months. How do 49% of people think that was well-handled?

  9. DawnDammit

    March 25, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Insider trading. No pension and retirement. And for the love of dog can we please shut trump up.

  10. Louise H. Breedlove

    March 25, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Why all the upriar about him when 2 more republicans & 1 democrat did the same thing.

  11. Linda Critelli

    March 26, 2020 at 12:00 am

    LOUISE H. BREEDLOVE because this is NC policy watch and Burr is supposed to be serving the interests of the citizens of this state. I’d imagine the other states people are also asking for resignations – that’s their call.

  12. Michael

    March 26, 2020 at 5:04 am

    He broke the law. What he did was a felony. He should be arrested and put in jail. Then trialed, convicted and then go to prison. And they need to take in consideration that he did this knowing an epidemic was coming.

  13. William M Ball

    March 31, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Fine them the amount they gained, expel they from all public office and revoke all retirement benefits. If laws broken………..Max jail jail time

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