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HB2 Repeal — April 2017 Poll

May 1, 2017


HB2 poll

Our April 2017 poll asked likely NC voters what they thought of House Bill 2 and its repeal. The key questions and responses are as follows:

Do you support or oppose the recent legislation made by the North Carolina legislature that repealed House Bill 2?

53%     Total Support

28%     Total Oppose


32%     Strongly Support

20%     Somewhat Support

8%       Somewhat Oppose

20%     Strongly Oppose

19%     Don’t Know/ Need More Information

1%       Refused


Still thinking about that issue… In your own words, what are your thoughts on this legislation that repealed House Bill 2? (OPEN ENDED)

18%      Agree/ Good idea to repeal (General)

14%      Non-Issue/ Shouldn’t have been an issue to begin with/ Shouldn’t have passed the first time

13%      Should have separate bathrooms/ Men should not be allowed in women’s bathroom

11%      Didn’t go far enough/ Should have been a full repeal

10%      Disagree/ Shouldn’t have been repealed (General)

7%        Don’t know enough/ Need more information

6%        Costing the state money/ State was losing money

4%        LGBT community has rights/ Doesn’t protect the rights of the LGBT community

3%        Neutral/ Good and bad points (General)

3%        Government shouldn’t be involved with local issues

2%        NCAA told them what to do/ Was blackmailed by the NCAA

3%        Other

4%        None/Nothing

6%        Don’t know

5%        Refused


In your opinion, will the repeal of House Bill 2 improve North Carolina’s Economy?

61%     Total Yes

35%     Yes, Strongly

26%     Yes, Somewhat

24%     No

15%     Don’t Know/ Unsure


Thinking about the recent repeal of House Bill 2, which of the following opinions comes closer to your own…

38%     (Some/Other) people say that Governor Roy Cooper and the state legislature were strong-armed into repealing House Bill 2 by groups like the NCAA, the ACC and others who boycotted the state over their dislike of the law.

34%     (Other/Some) people say that Governor Roy Cooper and the state legislature repealed House Bill 2 because they felt the bill was a mistake.

10%     Both

5%       Neither/Other

12%     Don’t Know


Does the fact that Roy Cooper signed the repeal of House Bill 2 make you more or less likely to support him?

40%     Total More Likely

26%     Total Less Likely

26%     Much More Likely

14%     Somewhat More Likely

8%       Somewhat Less Likely

18%     Much Less Likely

27%     No Impact/ No Difference

7%       Don’t Know/ Refused

All questions and responses in this poll can be found here.

This poll surveyed 600 registered, likely voters (30% on cell phones) with a margin of error of +/- 4.00%. This survey was taken April 22-23, 2017.

For questions, or to arrange an interview, please contact Brooke Medina, communications director, at

Civitas has conducted live-caller voting in North Carolina since May 2005, and we are the only public policy organization offering statewide independent, nonpartisan data on a regular basis. Our polls have provided vital insights on what North Carolina voters 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 advancing conservative ideas and shrinking the size of government. Civitas fights to eliminate government barriers to freedom so that North Carolinians can live a better life.

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