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PPP Poll: Majority of county voters support decision to fire Harry Jones

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A new Public Policy Polling survey of Mecklenburg County voters finds that Commission Chair Pat Cotham is quite popular with voters in the county, and that they support the board's decision to end County Manager Harry Jones' employment last week.

The PPP Poll was released on Thursday and interviewed the respondents on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Key findings from the poll include:

-46% percent of voters in the county approve of the job Cotham is doing to just 26 percent who disapprove. Cotham is drawing support across party lines for her leadership. Democrats approve of her by a 50/23 margin, independents do so by a 43/29 spread, and Republicans do 42/28. Cotham has solid personal favorability numbers as well at 42/25.

-There is overwhelming support from voters in the county for the decision to replace
Harry Jones as County Manager. 54 percent think that's the right move to only 30 percent who
disagree with the decision.

-Voters also agree more broadly with some of Cotham's key goals since taking office.
She has said that commissioners should exercise more oversight of top couny employees than they have in the past, and her constituents agree with that sentiment by a 59/14 margin. She has also said she believes the county government needs to be more efficient and effective, and voters agree with that goal by a 66/12 spread.

PPP interviewed 574 likely 2014 voters on May 14th and 15th with a margin of error of +/-4.1% on behalf of the Pat Cotham Committee.

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