Is Gov. Pat McCrory in big political trouble or is he in good shape for next year’s reelection campaign?
In many ways, Republicans and Democrats live in different worlds.
Let me give you a North Carolina example of what I mean. Is Gov. Pat McCrory in big political trouble or is he in good shape for next year’s reelection campaign?
Moreover, if you are a Republican or right-leaning independent who follows politics closely, you’d be puzzled at the liberal assertion that McCrory is unpopular. According to whom? By my count, there have been four polls publicly released over the past two months that asked either personal favorability or job approval questions about the governor.
One of them, conducted in late May by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, had only 38 percent of registered voters approving of McCrory’s performance as governor, while 44 percent disapproved. The other three polls were conducted by Republican or conservative-leaning pollsters: National Research in early May (for the Civitas Institute), Tel Opinion in mid-May (for the pro-McCrory group Renew NC), and Harper Polling in early June (for a group, American Crossroads, founded by Karl Rove).
They showed something quite different. The National Research sample approved of McCrory’s job performance by 53 percent to 37 percent. The Tel Opinion sample approved of his performance by 57 percent to 32 percent. The Harper sample was asked a favorability question. By a 51 percent to 41 percent spread, most rated McCrory positively.
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