RALEIGH – The latest Civitas poll shows a notable shift in the race for governor of North Carolina.
Despite the media’s negative portrayal of North Carolina and the state leadership, governor McCrory has regained his lead over Attorney General Roy Cooper in our latest poll. When asked for whom they would vote if the race for NC governor were held today, 45 percent of likely voters said they would vote McCrory while 40 percent said they’d vote for Cooper.
“Over the last several weeks, the people of North Carolina have watched Governor McCrory defend our state from unjust attacks from the Obama administration. The shift we’ve seen since last month’s poll shows that, along with the continued strength of the state’s economy, Governor McCrory has re-taken the lead on the narrative of HB2,” said Civitas President Francis De Luca.
The text of the question can be found below:
If the election for Governor were being held today and you had to make a choice, for whom would you vote between…
36% 45% Pat McCrory, the Republican,
46% 40% Roy Cooper, the Democrat,
5% 3% …or Lon Cecil, the Libertarian?
12% 11% Lean/Undecided
30% 39% DEFINITELY MCCRORY
7% 7% PROBABLY MCCRORY
2% 2% LEAN MCCRORY
38% 34% DEFINITELY COOPER
8% 6% PROBABLY COOPER
2% 1% LEAN COOPER
4% 1% DEFINITELY CECIL
1% 2% PROBABLY CECIL
* 1% LEAN CECIL
9% 8% HARD UNDECIDED
— * NAMED OTHER
1% * REFUSED
(Due to rounding, totals may not equal 100.)
Crosstabs can be found here.
The poll surveyed 600 registered, likely voters (30% on cell phones) with a margin of error of +/- 4.00%. This survey was taken May 21-23, 2016.
Civitas conducts the only regular live-caller voting in North Carolina, and we are the only organization offering independent, nonpartisan data on current opinion. In the decade we’ve been conducting them, our polls have provided vital insights on what North Carolina voters truly think of the leaders and issues facing the state and nation.
Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to creating a North Carolina whose citizens enjoy liberty and prosperity derived from limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement. To that end, Civitas develops and advocates for conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all North Carolinians.