When Gov. Pat McCrory and the rest of the North Carolina legislature rushed their controversial bathroom law through last session, they said it would keep the state safe. But the people of the Tar Heel state don’t seem to agree and they think the law is doing more harm than good.
New polling data from Public Policy Polling shows HB2, a bill which forces transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their birth gender, not their gender identity, is woefully unpopular and doing more harm than good.
The law, which was sold as a safety measure, also appears to not make anyone feel safer with 21% of those polled thinking it has had that effect and 54% saying it has not.
The last time folks were asked about the law, support was a bit more evenly divided, with 49% saying it was hurting the economy. But since then there was the high profile removal of the NBA Allstar game from Charlotte, which is believed to cost the city and state $100 million. New numbers released earlier this week show 58% of those polled think the law is hurting the economy while only 22% think it has helped.
With NC residents thinking HB2 isn’t working, and it has instead hurting the state’s economy, that’s bound to hurt Gov. McCrory in his bid to keep the Governor’s seat. Once again, new numbers show that fight is real. More from PPP:
Only 30% of voters in the state support [HB2] to 43% who are opposed. By a 12 point margin voters say the way McCrory has handled the issue makes them less likely to vote for him- 43% less likely compared to only 31% who say it makes them more likely to support him. There’s a good chance that if not for HB2 McCrory would be favored for reelection at this point.
McCroy’s opponent, Democrat Roy Cooper, has spoken out against HB2 and has said he won’t defend the law, forcing the state legislature to foot the bill in a lawsuit from a transgender UNC employee, the ACLU and Lambda Legal.
Because North Carolina is under the Fourth District Court of Appeals, it will be impacted when a case from Gloucester County teen Gavin Grimm makes it’s way through court houses early next year, though it could find itself at the Supreme Court which might last even longer.
Either way, it appears a vote for McCrory is a vote in favor of HB2 and North Carolinians get their chance to vote in November.