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North Carolina national image taking a beating

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.


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.

Leadership in the wrong direction by NC house and senate

Are you kidding me? Do you think that Kay Hagan stands a chance at defending what the current Republican majority in the NC House and Senate has done in the last few months? There is no way that our previous governor and current senator can be blamed for this debacle.

Also, I notice that you haven't included Senator Richard Burr in your blame game. I don't blame him. Our current situation and ratings have nothing to do with our sitting senators, but solely with the state-wide leadership - in the wrong direction - by the backwards leaning Republicans...
and, of course, by our Republican governor, signing all of these into law (Gov. McCrory's most recent vetos, notwithstanding.)


Senator Kay Hagan's lack of leadership.

Regrettably, North Carolina's image has taken a hit. This is mostly to blame for the poor leadership exhibited by both Bev Perdue and Kay Hagan. I blame most of this on Senator Kay Hagan's lack of leadership in defending our state's image nationally.

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