A large majority of North Carolina voters say House Bill 2 is hurting the state economically.

House Bill 2 was a knee jerk reaction to passage of an LGBT protections ordinance in the city of Charlotte. Republican lawmakers approved the law during a one-day special session. It blocks cities and local municipalities from enacting such measures. House Bill 2 is also the only law in the nation that prohibits transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice in government buildings, including schools.

Controversy surrounding the law led the NBA to pull its upcoming All-Star Game out of Charlotte, while many businesses voiced their disappointment.

Despite the backlash, Republican Governor Pat McCrory has defended the law, and Republican lawmakers ended this year's legislative session without repealing the law.

According to a poll released this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP), the law is hurting McCrory's reelection bid.

“If not for HB2, Pat McCrory might be favored for reelection right now,” PPP President Dean Debnam said. “But that issue extinguished any remaining chance he had of getting the kind of support from Democrats and independents that he did in 2012, and now he's fighting an uphill battle to get a second term.”

Forty-three percent of respondents say that the way McCrory has handled the issue makes them less likely to vote for him, while 31 percent support McCrory's handling of the issue.

A majority of respondents (58%) also believe that the law is hurting North Carolina's economy, while 8 percent believe it is helping. Fifty-five percent of voters think HB2 is harming North Carolina's reputation.