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McCrory’s poll numbers are on the rebound

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Gov. Pat McCrory’s poll numbers are rebounding.

His approval rating in the Democratic firm’s December poll is 42 percent. But his overall job performance is still negative with 47 percent disapproving. Another 11 percent are unsure.

It’s an improvement from September when the Republican governor’s approval rating hit a low 35 percent with 53 percent disapproving. The upward trend comes after a private nonprofit spent about $800,000 on TV ads promoting McCrory and the dust settled from the contentious legislative session.

McCrory’s approval rating has returned to near where he started in January (45 percent) but his disapproval rating remains 28 points higher. PPP pollster Tom Jensen attributes the shift to independents rekindling their affection, split now at 44 percent to 43 percent, and Republican sentiment improving, giving him a 6-point bump compared to September.

The poll of North Carolina registered voters has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.7 percent.

Other findings from the survey:

•  Less than a quarter of people – 23 percent – say they support the McCrory administration’s policy of charging fees for proving public records that take more than 30 minutes to process. 62 percent disagree with it with even Republicans aligned against.

•  Both Republicans and Democratic lawmakers remain unpopular. As a whole, the legislature’s job approval is 20 percent. “Democrats hold a narrow 45/43 advantage on the generic legislative ballot but that’s well down from what it was over the summer and may limit their opportunities to make gains next fall,” Jensen writes.

•  About 28 percent of people think the “Moral Monday” protesters should be prosecuted with another 54 percent who believe the charges should be dropped.

•  In North Carolina, Chris Christie leads all possible Republican presidential candidates in 2016 with 19 percent. Next: Jeb Bush at 15, Rand Paul at 13, Ted Cruz at 12 and unsure at 11 percent. (The margin of error for this questions is plus-or-minus 4.3 percent.) Christie and Bush are deadlocked in a hypothetical match up against Democrat Hillary Clinton in North Carolina.

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