Another look at NC polls

PPP is out with their NC poll today and these results make a lot more sense to me.  Cooper is up over McCrory 46-41, Trump leads Clinton 45-43, and Burr and Ross are tied at 41.  I found this part particularly notable and very-much expected for McCrory:

The story in this race is Cooper’s strength with independent voters. He leads McCrory 44-33 with them in the full field, and 50-34 with them in the head to head. By contrast, McCrory defeated Walter Dalton by a 2:1 margin with independents in 2012. But they have largely soured on him with now only 36% approving of him to 49% who disapprove.

Some other good tidbits:

By a 30/23 spread, Trump voters in North Carolina say they have a higher opinion of David Duke than they do of Hillary Clinton.

Lovely people, Trump voters.  At least David Duke stands up for white people, damnit!

And this:

63% of voters in the state think Trump needs to release his tax returns, to only 24% who don’t think it’s necessary for him to do that. That includes a 62/23 sentiment among independents that he needs to do so.

I can only assume that the Clinton campaign is holding their fire for the moment on the tax return issue because this strike me as quite potent.  It’s very simple and anybody can understand the relevance and Trump clearly has something to hide.  And, the public clearly agrees the returns need to be released.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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