New poll finds NC Senate lightning rod Trudy Wade unpopular in her own Republican-leaning district
Senator’s job approval sinks to 30% after gerrymandering local council districts
GUILFORD COUNTY -- A new poll of voters in Senate District 27 finds Republican State Sen. Trudy Wade with an upside-down approval rating -- despite her Republican-leaning district. Sen. Wade has been a lightning rod of criticism in the Guilford community after strong-arming a bill to redistrict the Greensboro City Council through the state legislature.
According to the Public Policy Polling survey, 54 percent of voters in District 27 disapprove of Sen. Wade’s actions in the General Assembly, while just 30 percent approve. Sixty percent of district voters said would like to vote for someone new, and if the election were held today, she’d lose a race against a generic Democratic challenger by an eight-point margin (37%-45%).
Fueling the dissatisfaction with Sen. Wade is her attack on local control in Guilford County. An astounding 87% of district voters said they were aware of the bill to redraw Greensboro’s city council districts. Fifty-three percent opposed the scheme and 63% said her attack on local control makes them less likely to vote for her in next year’s elections.
“Gerrymandering isn’t a ‘get out of jail free card’ to overturn election results you don’t like,” said Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action. “These findings should serve as a warning to Sen. Wade and other lawmakers who are intent on overreaching. While Sen. Wade acts up in Raleigh, her voters back home are watching -- and they don’t like what they see.”