We have two new polls, and they both show North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory trailing Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. The most eye-popping result comes from the Republican pollster National Research on behalf of the conservative Civitas Institute, and they have Cooper destroying the governor 46-36. A new firm called RABA Research, which is run by Republican operative Tim Albrecht and Democrat Brad Anderson (who lost a tight 2014 general election for Iowa secretary of state), has Cooper up by a smaller 41-36.
Three other pollsters have released numbers since McCrory signed HB2, the notorious anti-LGBT that has led several businesses to cancel planned expansions into North Carolina. PPP showed Cooper up just 43-42, while SurveyUSA and Elon University had him leading 47-43 and 48-42 respectively. We still have relatively little data, but at least for now, RABA seems closer to the consensus than National Research.
Sounds like the citizens of North Carolina don’t cotton to having the governor wedge them against each other, maybe? Or maybe they don’t like that he is cratering the local economy for the sake of the pinch-faced theocrats and other public busy-bodies?