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McCrory vs. Cooper — June 2016

July 8, 2016



Our June 2016 poll found that in a governor’s race head-to-head match up, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory maintains his lead over Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper— 45 percent to 40 percent. Three percent prefer Libertarian Lon Cecil.

“Governor McCrory has consistently led Cooper in head-to-head match ups in our polls,” Civitas President Francis De Luca said. “The only exception was at the height of the negative media coverage over HB2, when McCrory took a hit. His net favorable numbers have been consistently positive among likely voters, and they continue to climb as the North Carolina economy strengthens.”

The text of the question is as follows:

If the election for Governor were being held today and you had to make a choice, for whom would you vote?

4/16       5/16       6/16
36%        45%        45%        Pat McCrory, the Republican,
46%        40%        40%        Roy Cooper, the Democrat,
5%          3%          3%          …or Lon Cecil, the Libertarian?
12%        11%        10%        Lean/Undecided

30%        39%        38%        DEFINITELY MCCRORY
7%          7%          7%          PROBABLY MCCRORY
2%          2%          1%          LEAN MCCRORY

38%        34%        34%        DEFINITELY COOPER
8%          6%          6%          PROBABLY COOPER
2%          1%          1%          LEAN COOPER

4%          1%          1%          DEFINITELY CECIL
1%          2%          2%          PROBABLY CECIL
*             1%          1%          LEAN CECIL

9%          8%          7%          HARD UNDECIDED
—             *             *             NAMED OTHER
1%          *             1%          REFUSED (DNR)

Cross tabs 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 June 21-23, 2016.

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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