Poll shows Governor's race still anyone's game

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. (North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.)

As Gov. Pat McCrory's approval numbers continue to dip, a poll done by liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling shows Democratic N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper is marginally ahead.

PPP shows Cooper is edging McCrory 44/43 in the N.C. Governor's race. The organization attributes Cooper's advantage, which he has held for four of the last five months, to McCrory's unpopularity.

According to the poll, only 36 percent of voters approve of the job McCrory is doing to 49 percent who disapprove. PPP says it has been more than two years since McCrory has had a positive approval rating.

The survey shows Cooper is still relatively unknown in the state, as 48 percent of those polled have no opinion of him. However, of those who did know him, 31 percent had a positive opinion, with 21 percent viewing him negatively.

The Democratic primary for governor doesn't look like much of a race, according to PPP. The poll shows Cooper leading challenger Ken Spaulding 58/13. Cooper garners support from key groups such as liberals, moderates, men, women, seniors, white, and African-American voters.

In the Senate race, former N.C. legislator Deborah Ross is polling a little better following her official candidacy announcement earlier this month. She trails Richard Burr by only 4 points. 43/39. Burr's approval rating continues to be "mediocre," according to PPP. Only 29 percent of voters view him positively, while 39 percent disapprove of the job he's doing.

The central findings of this month's poll show the Governor's race is still anyone's game, and Burr is favored, but vulnerable, in the Senate race.

To view the entire survey, click here.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 893 voters from October 23rd to 25th, including 421 Democratic primary voters. The margin of error for the overall survey is +/-3.3 percent, and for the Democratic primary voters it's +/-4.8 percent. 80 percent of participants responded via the phone, while 20 percent of respondents who did not have landlines conducted the survey over the internet.

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