Poll: Cooper widens leads over McCrory

Poll: Cooper widens leads over McCrory

ELON, NC (WNCN) - Democrat Roy Cooper has widened his lead over incumbent Republican Pat McCrory in North Carolina's 2016 gubernatorial election, according to the latest Elon University Poll.

Attorney General Cooper  leads McCrory 48 to 42 percent among registered voters – his largest lead over McCrory in the Elon University Poll.

Nearly 43 percent of registered voters said they approved of the job the attorney general is doing, compared to almost 27 percent who disapprove.

About 37 percent of registered voters approve of the job McCrory is doing, compared to 49 percent who said they disapprove. This is the lowest approval rating for the governor in the poll since April 2014.

The survey of 692 residents of North Carolina was conducted from April 10-15, 2016. Of those respondents, 621 said they were registered to vote. The poll has a margin of error of 3.93 percentage points.

Elon asked voters about House Bill 2. Nearly half of registered voters in North Carolina said they believe state lawmakers should prohibit cities from passing ordinances such as those allowing transgender people to use bathrooms that best match their gender identity, according to the latest poll.

Only 39 percent of registered voters say cities should be allowed to pass those policies.

Those polled had a different view on the minimum wage, which was also part of House Bill 2. Half of registered voters indicate that cities should be able to set a local minimum hourly wage above that established by the state – and 44 percent favor state law requiring cities to have the same wage.

HB2 prohibits local municipalities from setting their own minimum wages.

In the North Carolina Senate race, Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr holds a 37-33 percent lead over his Democratic challenger Deborah Ross, the poll said.