North Carolina Agrees ‘Bathroom Bill’ Is Hurting The State’s Reputation

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While North Carolina residents are divided on their approval of the state’s controversial “bathroom bill, ” the majority of them agree that HB2 has succeeded in one area: inducing the Tar Heel State look bad.

A poll by the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute released Wednesday found that slightly more than a third( 36 percent) of likely North Carolina voters polled in a multi-question survey supported HB2, while 55 percentage disapproved of the law. Nine percent had no opinion.

Yet regardless of their personal attitude on HB2, a whopping 70 percent of respondents said the law has had a “bad” or otherwise negative impact on North Carolina’s reputation nationally.

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Museum Manager Jeff Bell puts up a gender neutral bathroom signin the 21 C Museum Hotel public restrooms on May 10, 2016, in Durham, North Carolina.

Compared to a poll by Public Policy Polling in April, Wednesday’s poll from Monmouth presents sentiment toward HB2’s perceived impact has grown steadily more negative over the summer.

Passed in March, the bill avoids local governments from protecting LGBT people by cutting off the ability to pass local anti-discrimination public policies that go beyond the nation standard.

Most notably, the bill has a provision that prevents public places like schools from allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their identity.

The bill described swift backlash from the business and entertainment world, and even other states denounced it.

Shortly after the legislation passed, more than 90 prominent business leaders from companies including Apple, Facebook, Airbnb, Yahoo, Twitter, Salesforce, Marriott, Pfizer and Levi Strauss signed a letter calling on Gov. Pat McCrory( R) to repeal the law entirely.

Prominent public universities rebuked HB2; PayPal scrapped a plan to expand in Charlotte, which would have brought 400 new jobs; and the NBA pulled the All-Star game from the state.

Cities like Washington , D.C ., San Francisco, New York and Atlanta banned government-sponsored travel to the nation.

McCrory has staunchly defended HB2, but his support of the law could be hurting his reelection prospects. Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, McCrory’s challenger, has been leading the incumbent by between 6 and 9 phases in recent polls.

Voters polled by Monmouth revealed they’re divide on how good of a job they guess the governor has done for country residents: Forty-five percent approved of the job McCrory has done, while 46 percentage disapproved.

“McCrory is trying to take control of the HB2 debate with a new Tv ad ,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement Wednesday. “As of right now, though, North Carolina voters feel it has hurt the nation, which is helping Cooper’s bid to unseat the incumbent.”

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