North Carolina's national image has slipped with all the negative publicity surrounding its sharp turn to the right, according to new survey.
Two years ago, North Carolina was regarded among the ten most popular states in the country, with 40 percent of voters rating it favorably to only 11 percent having a negative opinion, according to Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm based in Raleigh.
But a new national poll by the firm has found that its favorable rating has dropped from 40 percent to 30 percent, while those viewing it unfavorably has gone from 11 percent to 23 percent.
The state's national image has been particularly damaged among African Americans who had a 42/8 favorable/unfavorable rating and now hold a 19/30 favorable/unfavorable rating and among Hispanics, who had viewed it positively 50/9 and now view it 20/39 favorable/unfavorable. There has also been a drop off among women who went from a 32 percent net favorabiity rating to a net 3 percent rating.
Democrats view of North Carolina dropped from 35/17 to 18/38, while Republicans dropped slightly from 48/6 to 41/13.
"We've found month after month in our polling that North Carolinians are unhappy with what's happened to their state tho shear," said Dean Debnam, the polling firm's president. "What we're seeing now is that the rest of the country is pretty unhappy with it too.''
The survey of 803 registered voters between August 26-28 had a margin of error of 3.5 percent.