An Elon University Poll released Tuesday presented questions about police camera footage and explored attitudes towards race and policing in North Carolina. Presidential, gubernatorial and senate races were also polled among likely voters.
The survey revealed voters support making police camera footage public and were split on whether police were more aggressive towards African-Americans. The poll came two weeks after a controversial police shooting in ended the life of Charlotte man Keith Scott.
The majority of voters polled felt all police camera footage should be made public. House Bill 792, passed last weekend, prevents police recordings from being public record. The bill only allows such a release under a court order from a Superior Court judge.
In the race for president, Clinton carried a 44.5-39 lead, a surprise after Trump led by two points during the first Elon fall poll on Sept. 20. Nearly two-thirds of those polled said Clinton won last week's debate.
Democrat and Attorney General Roy Cooper carried a 4.4-point lead in the race for Governor. The poll attributed the difference to Incumbent Republican Governor Pat McCrory facing criticism for House Bill 2. “Backlash over HB2 seems to have harmed Pat McCrory’s poll numbers,” said Jason Husser, assistant professor of political science and the director of the Poll. “McCrory continues to struggle with women and with African-Americans."
The U.S. Senate Race between incumbent Republican Richard Burr and Democrat challenger Deborah Ross is extremely close with Ross holding a .2 percent lead. “That Richard Burr has not fallen in poll numbers like fellow Republicans McCrory and Trump is a positive sign for the Burr campaign’s prospects as a whole,” Husser said.
Elon polled 660 likely voters with a +/- 3.1 percent margin for error.