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NEW POLL: Cunningham Leads By Double Digits, North Carolinians Reject Tillis’ Rush to Fill Supreme C


October 1, 2020

NEW POLL: Cunningham Leads By Double Digits, North Carolinians Reject Tillis’ Rush to Fill Supreme Court Seat

Tillis’ Support for Anti-Health Care Justice is a Major Vulnerability

Raleigh, N.C. - New polling released today shows that North Carolina voters reject Thom Tillis’ rush to nominate a new Supreme Court justice and are deeply concerned about the possibility of a Justice who would strike down existing health care. In the race for U.S. Senate, Cal Cunningham maintains a significant lead over Thom Tillis (53%-41%), driven by strong support from independents and women. See the full poll memo from ALG Research here.

Over the weekend, Piedmont Rising launched a new $2 million ad campaign slamming Tillis for rushing to fill the vacancy. The ad, entitled “Gone,” is running over the next several weeks.

“North Carolinians are rejecting Thom Tillis’ rush to rubber stamp a Supreme Court nominee who will gut health care for millions of people,” said Piedmont Rising Executive Director Casey Wilkinson. “Tillis is already weak and deeply unpopular, and the more North Carolinians hear about his plans to install a nominee who will wipe out protections for pre-existing conditions and raise health care costs, the weaker and more unpopular he becomes.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Cunningham posts a strong lead over Tillis. In a head to head match up, Cunningham leads Tillis by 12%, 53%-41%. Cunningham leads with independents 53%-20% and 56%-34% with women. Governor Roy Cooper leads Dan Forest 53%-43% and Joe Biden leads Donald Trump 50%-47%.

  • Tillis is underwater on both favorability and job approval. Just 35% of voters view him favorably and 54% view him unfavorably. His job rating is similar with voters, earning 39% approval and 53% disapproval. Among independents, Tillis’s popularity is only 25% favorable versus 60% unfavorable.

  • Voting to confirm a Justice who will wipe out health care protections is a persuasive message against Tillis. Out of several messages tested about Tillis’s support for confirming Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the strongest attack centered on health care, with particular attention on pre-existing conditions. 65% of independents rated this message convincing or very convincing, as did 54% of white women and 53% of non-college white women.

  • North Carolinians want the election winner to fill the vacancy. By a margin of 48-44%, NC voters want the winner of the election to fill the Supreme Court with 50% of women and 52% of independents saying the winner should fill the vacancy. Opposition to filling the vacancy now grows as voters learn more about the implications.


About Piedmont Rising

Piedmont Rising is a 501 (c)4 issue advocacy organization built by and for North Carolinians to advocate for lower insurance premiums and prescription drug costs and to ensure that more people have access to safe and affordable health care. Through grassroots organizing, education, and engagement, we are amplifying our health care stories and holding our elected officials accountable to the people, and issues they were elected to represent.

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