North Carolina Sours on Far-Right Agenda
It’s beginning to dawn on some in NC that the tech companies they are trying to woo aren’t likely to move to states run by cavemen.
Public Policy Polling, which is based in North Carolina, released new survey results this morning showing the state’s residents increasingly unimpressed as Republican state policymakers continue to push the state to the right. Gov. Pat McCrory (R), just a half-year into his first term, has seen his approval rating drop and is now underwater (his disapproval numbers are higher than his approval numbers).
Helping drive the public disappointment is the GOP agenda targeting reproductive rights in the state — the motorcycle-turned-abortion bill is still working its way through the legislative process — and the proposal, which McCrory has vowed to sign despite promising the opposite last year, enjoys the support of just 34% of North Carolinians. A whopping 80% of the state believe it’s inappropriate for lawmakers to combine abortion legislation with bills about motorcycle safety or Sharia Law.
What’s more, the poll found that a plurality of the state believes the General Assembly is causing North Carolina “national embarrassment”; the public is more sympathetic towards the Moral Monday protestors than the lawmakers inside the legislature, and just six months after the first Republican takeover of state government since Reconstruction, most voters in the state now intend to vote Democratic in the next election cycle.
Remember, this is partly the result of Republicans pushing an unnecessary culture-war agenda on issues such as reproductive rights, but that’s not all it’s about.