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Civitas Poll Sheds Light On McCrory/Cooper Matchup

Publisher's note: This post, by demidowdy, was originally published in the Issues section of Civitas's online edition.

Latest Civitas Institute Poll Gives Insights on Voters' Views of Economy, Political Scene

 The latest Civitas poll covers a range of what interests North Carolina — from the economy to a gubernatorial matchup.

 The poll finds that in North Carolina President Obama's legacy may not be much help to candidates in 2016.

"Only 37 percent of voters support a generic candidate who would 'continue to move the country in the direction that President Barack Obama has moved it,'" Civitas President Francis De Luca said. "That suggests Democrats will have a hard time winning by running for Obama's 'third term.'"

 Furthermore, voters do not seem sure of the direction leadership should take here in North Carolina.

"Favorability ratings for both Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper, McCrory's likely opponent for governor next year, dipped significantly," De Luca added. "It may be the voters were in a sour mood about politicians in general."

 Asked who they would vote for if the election were today, voters favored Republican McCrory over Democrat Cooper, 41 percent to 38 percent, virtually unchanged from last month.

 In general, voters continued to have a gloomy outlook for the economy.

"Since the Great Recession began, we have asked people if they think the recession has ended, or when it will end. Our latest poll suggests a bit more optimism among some about when the recession will end — but fewer people think it has ended!" De Luca said. "No matter what the experts say, the experience of most North Carolina voters is that the economy is still not where they want it to be."

 To read more, including questions asked in this poll, please see our press release.

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