Under the Dome

McCrory popular, but legislature is not

GOP Gov. Pat McCrory remains popular, but Republican rule in Raleigh is getting mediocre reviews, according to a new poll.

McCrory has an approval rating of 49 percent, and a disapproval rating of 35 percent, with 16 percent not sure, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh. That compares with Democratic President Barack Obama who has a 47/50 approval/disapproval rating in the state and Republican Sen. Richard Burr who has a 37/37 approval/disapproval rating.

But when asked if how Republicans in general are doing in general in running state government, 23 percent approved and 49 percent disapproved. Republican rule was being pulled down by the public's low opinion of the legislature. The legislature had an approval rating of 23 percent and a disapproval rating of 49 percent.

Most of the positions the legislature has been taking lately do not seem to have majority support, the poll suggests.

Only 36 percent support a a law to prohibit women baring their breasts(41 percent oppose), only 30 percent support blocking expansion of Medicaid health coverage to 500,000 North Carolinians(56 percent oppose) and 68 percent support continued straight-party voting.

As for Washington, 53 percent support stricter gun laws(38 percent oppose) and 50 percent support ban assault weapons(41 percent oppose.)

The survey of 611 North Carolina voters was conducted March 7-10 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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