Poll shows Wake Co. voters strongly oppose state legislature’s partisan power grab of Wake Co. Commission

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Progress North Carolina to release poll on Thursday at news conference featuring state Sen. Josh Stein and other opponents of partisan power grab that will hurt public schools

RALEIGH -- Wake County voters strongly oppose state Sen. Chad Barefoot’s attempt to overturn local election results by gerrymandering county commission districts to benefit Republicans, according to a poll that will be released on Thursday. 

The Public Policy Polling survey conducted over the weekend found that Wake County voters oppose Barefoot’s partisan power grab by an almost two-to-one margin, with 53 percent of respondents against the proposal compared to just 28 percent who support it. When voters learn more about the effects the legislation will have, that opposition rises to 60 percent -- with a plurality even among Republicans. 

On Thursday, Progress North Carolina will officially release the poll at a news conference to discuss Barefoot’s legislative takeover, and the widespread opposition to the proposal. State Sen. Josh Stein, a vocal opponent of his colleague’s partisan power grab, will speak.

WHAT: News conference to discuss Wake Co. poll concerning legislative takeover bill

WHEN: 10:30am on Thursday, March 26

WHERE: Front lawn of the NC General Assembly, 16 W. Jones Street

WHO:  Progress North Carolina and

State Sen. Josh Stein (D-Wake)

Barbara Vandenbergh, retired Wake County teacher

Lynn Edmonds, Wake County public school parent 

“As a retired Wake County teacher, we try to teach students to play fair and obey the rules of the game,” commented Barbara Vandenbergh, a featured speaker at Thursday’s news conference. “The legislature needs to honor the voice of Wake County voters and show students that adults can play by the same rules we teach them.”


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