Bigotry Isn’t Paying Off: New Poll Shows NC Governor Falling Way Behind Democratic Challenger

By now I’m sure most people are aware of the highly controversial anti-LGBT law (the “bathroom” law) North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed a few months ago. While there are several facets to the law, the main thing it did was make it illegal for any town or city to pass laws that protect any group of people from being discriminated against. Obviously, its purpose is to prevent any laws from being passed that protect the rights of the LGBT community.

To put it simply: It’s an anti-civil rights law.

Well, things have not been going well for Gov. McCrory since he signed this law nearly six months ago. Since then, the state’s seen several concerts and special events cancelled or moved, including next year’s NBA All-Star game. Some companies have even decided to move jobs out of North Carolina, while a couple of others cancelled plans that would have created jobs within the state. To say nothing about very well-known celebrities speaking out against the state.

Then there was this interview where Fox News’ Chris Wallace made McCrory look like an absolute fool after he eventually admitted that there was no actual evidence that transgender people were using restrooms to commit sexual assaults. Wallace’s main point was that this law was a “solution” that was looking for a problem — that even the governor who passed the law admitted doesn’t exist.

However, even though all these negative things have happened in response to this law being passed, Gov. McCrory seems determined to prove that he’s one of the most bigoted governors in the country.

Now his bigotry could be about to cost him his job as a new Monmouth poll shows the incumbent governor down nine points to his Democratic challenger, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.

The poll also shows that 55 percent of those who responded disapprove of the anti-LGBT law, while 70 percent felt it reflected badly on the state.

This just goes to show you how deep ignorance runs in today’s Republican party.

Here we have a laws that’s doing nothing but legalizing discrimination, all while negatively impacting the state economically, but nothing seems to deter the bigotry that’s at the foundation of the modern-day GOP. Even as the governor who signed the law is weeks away from possibly losing his re-election bid, it doesn’t remotely seem to matter.

Then again, like many Republicans, he’s in a no-win situation.

If Gov. McCrory decides to reverse his stance and repeal this law, he’ll anger the bigots who’ve seized more and more control over his party for the last few decades, which could cost him support. However, if he “stays the course” and keeps putting his support behind this law, it seems very likely that it’s going to cost him his job regardless.

No matter how much I see it, or how well aware I am that it exists, it’s still hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that here we are, in 2016, and we’re still forced to have “debates” over basic civil rights.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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