Poll results show tight NC races; most responders favor repeal of HB2

Poll results show tight NC races; most responders favor repeal of HB2

DURHAM, NC (WECT) - New polling numbers show several top-of-ballot races in North Carolina are statistical dead heats less than six months before General Election Day.

Public Policy Polling surveyed more than 900 registered voters between May 20-22.  The responses for many state-wide races are within the margin of error.

The race for governor between incumbent Pat McCrory and challenger Roy Cooper is tied at 41-41 percent with Libertarian candidate Lon Cecil polling at 5 percent and 13 percent responding they are undecided. McCrory is battling high disapproval marks, which sit at 49 percent compared to 44 percent approving of his job performance. Cooper's favorable/unfavorable has moved since the last PPP poll. Responders with a favorable opinion went from 37 percent in April to 30 percent in May, and unfavorable going from 27 percent to 33 percent.

Other poll numbers show the Lieutenant Governor's race between incumbent Dan Forest and challenger Linda Coleman tied at 38-38 percent, with Libertarian candidate J.J. Summerell at 5 percent and the undecided responders at 19 percent. Josh Stein has a 39-38 percent lead over Buck Newton in the race for Attorney General, but 22 percent of responders said they are undecided.

"Out of North Carolina's four most important state races, three are tied and the other only one point separates the candidates," Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling said in a news release accompanying the poll. "It would be hard for the state to be any more closely divided right now."

PPP also gathered responses on the state's controversial HB2 law, which mandates transgender people use the public restroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate. In the survey, 35 percent of responders said they supported the bill, 44 percent oppose it and 21 percent saying they are not sure. 50 percent of responders also said they think HB2 should be repealed, 38 percent said it should be kept in place and 12 percent are not sure.

To see the data from the latest PPP poll click here: http://bit.ly/1WMF9Pv

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