Majority of North Carolina Voters Think Senator Richard Burr Should Resign After Stock Dump

Majority of North Carolina Voters Think Senator Richard Burr Should Resign After Stock Dump

A majority of North Carolinians think Senator Richard Burr should resign, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP). The Republican has been embroiled in a scandal following his sell off of stocks just before U.S. stock markets crashed.

“PPP’s newest North Carolina poll finds that a majority of North Carolinians think Richard Burr should resign, and that his approval numbers have plummeted,” MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin reported on Tuesday.

“50% of voters in the state think Burr should resign to 24% who think he should remain in office,” he noted.

“Democrats (63/15) and independents (53/18) both think he should resign by wide margins but what might be most surprising is that even Republicans (31/38) only narrowly say Burr doesn’t need to resign,” PPP reported.

Burr dumped $1.7 million in stock following a classified briefing on Covid-19’s impact on the economy. Burr is not the only senator to have sold off stock in the wake of the 19 January briefing, but his actions have come under greater scrutiny because he is chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“When voters are informed later in the poll about his 1.7 million dollars in stock sales, 69% say that gives them ‘very serious’ concerns about him and support for his resignation goes up to 60%, with 22% opposed,” the PPP poll found.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.