Poll shows Cooper and McCrory still in dead heat

NC Gov. Pat McCrory and NC Attorney General Roy Cooper. (official photos)

A new poll done by liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling shows Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper are still neck and neck in the Governor's race heading into election year.

McCrory has the advantage this month, leading Cooper 44 percent to 42. Going back to February the two have been within 3 points of each other every month, according to PPP. Cooper led in four polls and McCrory led in four polls, ensuring North Carolina's Governor's race will be the one to watch.

The race remains at the forefront of political discussion due to the declining popularity of incumbent Gov. McCrory. PPP shows McCrory's approval rating at a steady dip for the last 2 years, now at 38 percent. PPP says voters are receptive to the idea of replacing McCrory, even though 46 percent of voters have no opinion about Cooper one way or another.

The Democratic primary for governor doesn't look like much of a race, according to PPP. The poll shows Cooper leading challenger Ken Spaulding 54 percent to 10. Cooper garners support from key groups such as liberals, moderates, men, women, seniors, white and African-American voters.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,214 voters from Dec. 5-7, including 555 Democratic primary voters. The margin of error for the overall survey is +/-2.8 percent and for the Democratic primary voters it's +/-4.2 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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