North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who has been a steadfast supporter of the anti-transgender law HB2 despite overwhelming evidence of the damage the law has done to his state, has been steadily losing the support of North Carolinians.
McCrory faces N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper in a tight race for governor’s race. Cooper immediately condemned HB2 and has refused to defend the law in court.
In a Public Policy Polling survey, 58 percent of North Carolina voters said HB2 is hurting the state, compared to 22 percent who think it’s helping. Oddly, 19 percent actually believe HB2 has had a positive effect on the state’s national reputation.
The poll was taken after the NBA announced it would pull its 2017 All Star game from Charlotte. In addition, North Carolina has lost millions of dollars in lost conventions and tourism. Companies have pulled expansion plans from the state as a result of the passage of HB2.
Only 43 percent approve of McCrory’s job performance while 47 percent disapprove. Fewer people know Cooper with 36 percent with a favorable opinion of him and 34 percent unfavorable. 30 percent are unsure.
In the race for governor, Cooper has a 1 point lead with 11 percent undecided.