A crooked ticket

Enjoy checking off D, R or L when you vote? Too bad. Senate Bill 82 would eliminate the option of straight-party ticket voting in North Carolina.

The bill is co-sponsored by two Republicans: Buck Newton, representing Johnston, Nash and Wilson counties, and Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County.

Coincidentally (not), those senators are from counties dominated by Democratic straight-ticket votes.

In the November election, 60 percent of 33,248 straight-ticket voters in Nash County cast ballots for Democrats.

In Wilson County, straight-ticket ballots favored Democrats by a 2-to-1 margin.

Meanwhile, in New Hanover County, more than half of people who voted straight-ticket did so for Democrats.

Only in Johnston County did Republican straight-ticket ballots prevail56-41, with a tiny percentage voting straight Libertarian.

New Public Policy Polling survey

22% Approval rating of the Republican-controlled General Assembly

19% Disapproval rating of Gov. Pat McCrory in January

33% Disapproval rating of Gov. Pat McCrory in February

82% Voters opposed to pay raises McCrory gave to his cabinet

50% Voters opposed to cutting unemployment benefits to $350/week

38% Voters who said in February they think gay marriage should be legal

34% Voter who said last spring they think gay marriage should be legal

Source: Public Policy Polling, survey of 600 North Carolina voters Feb. 7–10; margin of error +/- 4%