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Fayetteville Observer – N.C. surveys say Gov. Cooper Ahead, President Trump slightly down.

by Paul Woolverton – Two recent surveys say Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is ahead of Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in the 2020 governor’s race, and that Republican President Trump has a slightly negative approval-to-disapproval score. Two recent surveys say Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is ahead of Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in the 2020…

Laurinburg Exchange – Poll shows voters concerned about environment, education spending

by Lindsay Marchello – Most North Carolina voters think the media has covered Robert Mueller’s investigation too much, but a majority also approve of Mueller’s performance as special counsel. RALEIGH — Most North Carolina voters think the media has covered Robert Mueller’s investigation too much, but a majority also approve of Mueller’s performance as special…

Roll call – 2 new polls tell different stories in open Michigan seat

by Simone Pathe – Polling conducted for the GOP nominee, businesswoman Lena Epstein, and the National Republican Congressional Committee showed a neck-and-neck race.        Two new partisan polls of the open-seat race in Michigan’s 11th District, where Republican Rep. Dave Trott is not seeking re-election, tell slightly different stories about the contest.  Polling conducted for the…

Laurinburg Exchange – State voters still closely split

by John Hood – In North Carolina, political power is divided… Do you find divided government frustrating or exhilarating? Either way, you might as well get used to it. North Carolina is likely to be a political battleground for many years to come… The Civitas Institute’s last two monthly surveys of North Carolina voters, conducted in…

Roll call – Pollsters prep for more ‘whack-a-mole’ with 2016 in rearview

by Bridget Bowman – As pollsters look ahead to the 2020 election, Brock McCleary comments on the state of polling, noting, “The biggest misconception is that the industry is in crisis.”Pollsters gearing up for the 2020 presidential election have an additional task to contend with: convincing a skeptical public that their work is still reliable. Despite new…

Carolina Journal – Civitas poll shows republicans continue to trail democratic candidates on ballots

Brock McCleary, president of Harper Polling, said Republicans should be worried about the recent Civitas Institute poll, which shows Democratic candidates in the lead. Brock McCleary, president of Harper Polling, said Republicans should be worried about the recent Civitas Institute poll, which shows Democratic candidates in the lead. “I think it’s further evidence that the 2018 midterms…

Morning call: Pennsylvania’s taxing politics of early childhood education

by Steve Esack – Pennsylvania’s budget season is in full swing as the fiscal year winds down and the next one begins July 1.Pennsylvania’s budget season is in full swing as the fiscal year winds down and the next one begins July 1. That means the Capitol is swarming with professional and grassroots lobbyists looking…

Philadelphia Inquirer: PA. Voters willing to pay more taxes for more pre-k, poll finds

By Thomas Fitzgerald – Yet in a new poll to be released Thursday, 64 percent of Pennsylvania likely voters said they would support a tax increase to expand publicly funded preschool education, responding to a hypothetical hike of .01 percentage points in the personal income tax, which would cost an average taxpayer about $50. It’s…

The intelligencer – Jenkins, Blankenship Leading in W.VA. GOP senate race

By Joselyn King – Most recent polling in West Virginia shows U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins leading in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, with former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship now in second place and gaining in the race. WHEELING — Most recent polling in West Virginia shows U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins…

Altoona Mirror: Big 13th field fuels unpredictability

by Ryan Brown – In the final days of an unprecedented eight-way Republican primary battle, candidates for a newly drawn congressional district have launched their toughest attacks yet… In the final days of an unprecedented eight-way Republican primary battle, candidates for a newly drawn congressional district have launched their toughest attacks yet… It is difficult…