New Poll Shows Trump, Cooper Hold Leads In NC

A recent poll shows Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump carries a slight lead in North Carolina.  

The left-leaning Public Policy Polling sent a release out Wednesday showing Trump leads the race in the state by two percentage points. Trump carried 45 percent of the vote with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton receiving 43 percent. 

Trump made in-state stops in High Point and Kenansville Tuesday while Clinton returned to the campaign trail last week at UNC Greensboro after taking time off due to sickness. Libertarian Gary Johnson received six percent of votes from the poll. 

“Hillary Clinton will probably win North Carolina if she can find a way to get voters who like Barack Obama and don’t like Donald Trump, but also don’t like her, in her column,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “She doesn’t need them to love her- that ship has probably sailed- but she-and her surrogates-just need to find a way to convince them she’s better than Trump."

In the state's race for Governor, Roy Cooper carries a five-point lead against the incumbent Pat McCrory, 46-41. When undecided voters and Libertarian voters Lon Cecil were asked who they prefer between McCrory and Cooper, Cooper held a 50-43 edge.

McCrory's handling of controversial House Bill 2 was disliked by many polled, with 52 percent thinking the law should be overturned and 32 percent in favor of retaining the law. Only 39 percent approved of how McCrory handled the bill. When asked if they support HB2, 47 percent opposed, 33 percent supported and 20 percent said they weren't sure.

The poll shows Trump voters believe if Clinton wins, it'll be due to voter fraud. Seventy one percent believe a Clinton victory means the polls were rigged compared to 17 percent who believe a win will simply mean she received more votes. 

The poll surveyed 1,024 likely voters from last Sunday to Tuesday. The margin of error was listed as +/- 3.1 percent. Eighty percent of participants responded via phone while the remaining 20 percent, who didn't have access to a phone, took the survey over the internet. PPP 


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