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PPP: 'Unusual bills' off-putting to NC voters

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A poll from Public Policy Polling indicates that support for Gov. Pat McCrory has held steady, while support for the Republican-led General Assembly is waning.

PPP says 49 percent of voters polled approve of the job McCrory is doing, showing that support for the governor has been consistent over the last three months.

On the other hand, Republican legislators have only a 34 percent favorability rating, and the General Assembly as a whole has just a 20 percent approval.

[PDF] Full results from PPP

Much of the public's disapproval stems from legislation introduced over the past several weeks. A number of those bills have garnered the state national media attention -- much of which has been negatively viewed.

"The Republican-controlled legislature's unpopular policy agenda is hurting public approval for their party in North Carolina," said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. "These bills attracting so much attention just aren't favored by voters."

House Bill 640, introduced by Rep. Robert Brawley (R-Iredell), would allow lobbyists to provide gifts to lawmakers as long as the politicians properly report the gifts. However, according to PPP, only six percent of voters polled support such legislation.

Another bill, Senate Bill 667, requires children of voting age to be registered at the same address where their parents live if their parents claim those children as dependents. If the child is registered to vote at an address other than their parents', then the parents would not be permitted to claim the child as a dependent.

Only 25 percent of voters support such a bill. Of those voters, 56 percent of Republicans oppose the legislation.

PPP says the only "high-profile Republican initiative we polled that has much traction with voters" is a bill that would open the door to an official state religion.

House Bill 494 challenges the language of the U.S. Constitution, in which the First Amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an Establishment of Religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

"Each state in the union is sovereign and may independently determine how that state may make laws respecting an establishment of religion," the bill reads.

Among voter polled, 42 percent support making Christianity the state's official religion. The appeal crosses party lines, with 53 percent of Republicans and 41 percent of Democrats favoring an official religion.

House Speaker Thom Tillis said after H.B. 494's introduction that the bill had no chance of passing and was dead in the legislature.

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