Source: Civitas Institute

The conservative think tank Civitas Institute released polling that showed a groundswell of support for Governor Cooper and his leadership amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the poll fielded in early April, a full 70% of North Carolinians approved of “the job Roy Cooper is doing as governor.”

The poll also tested a head-to-head matchup between Governor Cooper and his opponent in November, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest. The survey results showed Governor Cooper with a commanding 17-point lead.

On coronavirus specifically, 84% of respondents indicated approval for Governor Cooper’s handling of the outbreak. 

In early February, Governor Cooper created the Novel Coronavirus Task Force to coordinate efforts in anticipation of a pandemic. By March 10, Cooper declared a state of emergency, and four days later banned mass gatherings of more than 100 and closed public schools. On March 17, he ordered restaurants and bars to move to delivery and take-out options only. By the end of March, Cooper implemented a statewide Stay At Home order and issued an executive order banning public utilities from disconnecting services for those unable to make payments. On April 23, he outlined the steps needed to ease restrictions and return to a more normal way of life.

Read the full crosstabs from the Civitas Institute poll here.