Poll Says Majority Of North Carolinians Want Burr To Resign; Senator Sued In Federal Court

Poll Says Majority Of North Carolinians Want Burr To Resign; Senator Sued In Federal Court

10:40am Mar 25, 2020
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A new poll says that half of North Carolinians believe U.S. Senator Richard Burr should resign. 

The latest survey from Public Policy Polling was released on Tuesday. It shows Burr’s approval ratings have plummeted since revelations last week about his stock sales in the wake of the coronavirus.

According to the poll, 50 percent of voters in the state think the Republican senator should resign, compared with 24 percent who believe he should remain in office.

And only 22 percent of voters approve of the job he’s doing, a drop of 10 points since June.

In other developments, Burr has been sued in federal court, accused of committing securities fraud.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports a Wyndham Hotels and Resorts shareholder filed the suit Monday in the District of Columbia.

The Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman sold as much as $1.7 million in stocks just before the market dropped in February amid fears about the coronavirus. Some of those transactions involved shares in Wyndham.

Burr’s office could not be reached for comment.

For the most up-to-date information on coronavirus in North Carolina, visit our Live Updates blog here.

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