RALEIGH (WTVD) -- As Gov. Pat McCrory's approval numbers drop, a poll done by liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling shows Democratic N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper is slightly ahead for the third month in a row.
The poll released on Thursday shows Cooper edging out McCrory 42 to 39 percent.
PPP said only 35 percent of voters approve of the job McCrory is doing versus 48 percent who disapprove. McCrory now has a 56 percent approval rating within his own Republican party.
According to PPP, McCrory's disapproval from voters could stem from the unpopularity of the legislature. The poll shows only 15 percent of voters approve of the job the legislature is doing.
Meanwhile, Richard Burr's polling numbers show that voters are indifferent towards him in terms of the U.S. Senate race. However, PPP states Burr has an advantage over the virtually unknown field of potential Democratic challengers.
Other results from the poll, including how North Carolina feels about the EPA Clean Power Plan, Medicaid Expansion, and minimum wage increases can be found here.
NCGOP Press Secretary Kara Carter urged skepticism when reading PPP polls, saying in a statement:
"This poll is more Democrat propaganda that isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Any poll conducted by a Democrat firm that shares an office with ProgressNC, a group whose sole purpose is to attack Governor McCrory and Republicans, and polls fake presidential campaigns shouldn't be taken seriously. Plus, PPP has a history of exaggerating polls to generate false enthusiasm for Democrat candidates and assist with their fundraising efforts, only to get more accurate closer to Election Day."
Public Policy Polling surveyed 957 voters from August 12th to 16th, including 406 Republican primary voters. The margin of error for the overall survey is +/-3.2 percent and for the Republican primary voters it's +/-4.9 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.