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Thursday, October 20, 2016

POLL: North Carolina GOP’s Sneak Attack On Abortion Rights Unpopular With Voters

POLL: North Carolina GOP’s Sneak Attack On Abortion Rights Unpopular With Voters

Only 8 percent of North Carolinians think sneaking abortion restrictions into bills regarding Sharia law and motorcycle safety is “appropriate,” according to a new PPP survey. A whopping 80 percent say that their state’s Republicans’ recent efforts to limit abortion rights by adding restrictions to bills that had nothing to do with women’s health are “inappropriate.”

Only 17 percent believe that Sharia law is a “pressing state issue” in the first place. Earlier this year, Republicans also considered a law establishing Christianity as the state’s official religion.

Republicans took control of both houses of the state legislature in 2010 for the first time in more than a century. Since Republican governor Pat McCrory took office in 2013, the legislature has passed and the governor has signed a flurry of some of the most extreme legislation in the nation.

But the Tea Party-backed legislature reached a new low — or high, depending on your point of view — when they added abortion restrictions to a bill banning Sharia law and one regulating motorcycle safety.

A near majority of 46 percent say the legislature is now a national embarrassment. Democrats also lead the generic ballot by 9 percent, but given the state’s recent redistricting that likely still wouldn’t be enough for the GOP to lose control of the state House or Senate, even though only 20 percent of the state approves of the job the majority is doing.

Governor McCrory promised during his campaign that he would not sign any new abortion legislation. Only 40 percent approve of the job he’s doing, while 49 percent disapprove, a total decline of 15 percent in one month. His current disapproval rating nearly matches the 48 percent of voters who want him to veto the new restrictions.

The state GOP’s cuts to unemployment insurance benefits are also unpopular. Only 29 percent agree with the recent cuts that took benefits away from 79,000 state residents, making North Carolina the first state in the union to turn down federal unemployment insurance.

Thousands have been gathering at the Capitol in Raleigh every Monday night to protest the Republican agenda. The 11th “Moral Monday” held soon after the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was announced attracted nearly 5,000 people, according to organizers.

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  • 4sanity4all

    Well, then, the good people of North Carolina know what they must do- vote Democratic!

    • Sand_Cat

      But you can pretty much bet your life they won’t.

  • Dominick Vila

    The problem is that their alleged preferences on certain issues are inconsistent with the way they vote. The same goes for Texas and other red states.
    By the way, a casual visit to conservative forums will reveal that the Tea Party is celebrating and praising the gains they have been making on issues such as abortion, equality, voting rights, and the House determination to defund and ultimately repeal ACA. I realize the TP is a minority, but they remain as engaged as ever, and they vote often and consistently.

    • sigrid28

      We have North Carolina voters, maybe not a majority, to thank for the concept of Moral Mondays, where Democrats, Independents, and–who knows–perhaps some moderate Republicans demonstrate against this recent pull right by their state government, which seems to be taking it right down a cliff. I wonder if a similar phenomenon is going on in Texas, too, where demonstrations certainly drew attention to the voters who disagree with the Republican majority.

  • Sand_Cat

    Screw the North Carolina voters. They deserve it, and far worse. Who elected the scum who passed it? Who elected the governor who may sign it?