July 2008 DecisionMaker Poll

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  1. How likely are you to vote in the November election for president and other state offices?
    • 81.8%
      Definitely Voting
    • 14.7%
      Very Likely
    • 3.5%
      Somewhat Likely
  2. Do you feel things in North Carolina are generally headed in the right direction or have gotten off on the wrong track?
    • 35.5%
      Right Direction
    • 48.5%
      Wrong Track
    • 16%
      Don't Know/Refused
  3. What specific issue in North Carolina needs the most attention from state government?
    • 17.3%
      Lower Health Care Costs
    • 16.7%
      Improve Public Education
    • 31.8%
      Create jobs/improve econ
    • 11.3%
      Hold Down Taxes
    • 5.5%
      Improve roads/highways
    • 13.2%
      Illegal immigration
    • 4.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  4. If you could improve one thing about education in North Carolina, what would it be?Asked of those answering "Improve public education" to the previous question
    • 10%
      Better trained teachers
    • 28%
      Increase teacher salaries
    • 7%
      Get back to basics
    • 6%
      Classroom discipline
    • 2%
      Parental involvement
    • 6%
      Hire more teachers
    • 11%
      Reduce class size
    • 7%
      Increase funding
    • 4%
      Lower drop out rate
    • 14%
      Other
    • 5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  5. What bothers you or scares you the most about the economy?Asked of those answering "Create jobs/improve economy" to question 3
    • 3.1%
      Food prices
    • 21.5%
      High fuel costs
    • 6.8%
      Housing crisis/mortgages
    • 37.2%
      Lack of jobs
    • 4.7%
      High taxes
    • 2.1%
      Govt wasteful spending
    • 2.6%
      Inflation
    • 1%
      Retirement
    • 1%
      Outsourcing
    • 1%
      Recession
    • 2.1%
      Uncertainty
    • 11.5%
      Other
    • 5.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  6. If the election for state legislature were held today, would you be voting:
    • 43.7%
      Democratic
    • 38.2%
      Republican
    • 3.8%
      Neither
    • 14.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  7. If the election for president were held today, would you be voting for:
    • 41.3%
      Democrat Barack Obama
    • 41.8%
      Republican John McCain
    • 1.5%
      Libertarian Bob Barr
    • 15.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  8. What issue is most important to you in deciding who to vote for president?
    • 0.9%
      None
    • 27%
      Create jobs/improve econ
    • 3.4%
      Taxes/spending
    • 4.8%
      Succeed in Iraq
    • 6.1%
      Affordable health care
    • 8.7%
      Moral/family values
    • 4.6%
      Global war on terror
    • 1.9%
      Illegal immigration
    • 2%
      Corruption/Washington
    • 1.5%
      Environment/global warming
    • 5.1%
      High gas prices
    • 0.9%
      Abortion
    • 3.2%
      Honesty/integrity
    • 4.9%
      Experience
    • 1.2%
      National security
    • 2.4%
      Get out of the war
    • 1.9%
      Turn the country around
    • 1%
      Leadership
    • 8.7%
      Other
    • 9.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  9. If the election for U.S. Senate were held today, would you be voting for:
    • 38.3%
      Democrat Kay Hagan
    • 45%
      Republican Elizabeth Dole
    • 2%
      Libertarian Chris Cole
    • 14.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  10. If the election for governor were held today, would you be voting for:
    • 44%
      Democrat Bev Perdue
    • 39%
      Republican Pat McCrory
    • 2%
      Libertarian Michael Munger
    • 15%
      Don't Know/Refused
  11. If the election for commissioner of transportation were held today, would you be voting for:
    • 29.8%
      Robert Smith, Democrat
    • 25.5%
      Michael Smith, Republican
    • 3%
      John Williams, Libertarian
    • 41.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  12. If the election for North Carolina Supreme Court were held today, would you be voting for:
    • 32%
      Republican Robert H. Edmunds, Jr.
    • 36.8%
      Democrat Suzanne Reynolds
    • 31.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  13. On the issue of crime and punishment for crimes, do you generally think we need longer prison sentences or more intervention and rehabilitation for criminals?
    • 36.3%
      Longer prison sentences
    • 48.5%
      More intervention/rehab
    • 15.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  14. Do you think abortion should be legal always, never, or only in cases of rape, incest, and to preserve the life of the mother?
    • 30%
      Always
    • 15.5%
      Never
    • 46.8%
      Rape/incest/life of mother
    • 7.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  15. Which do you believe is the best role for government as it relates to the economy:
    • 39.8%
      Spend money/create jobs
    • 47.7%
      Limited role/markets/jobs
    • 12.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  16. Do you believe taxes in North Carolina are too high, too law, or just about right for the services you receive?
    • 58.3%
      Too High
    • 2%
      Too Low
    • 36%
      Just about right
    • 3.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  17. Which party, the Republican or Democratic, controls: the North Carolina house?
    • 48.5%
      Democratic
    • 16.7%
      Republican
    • 34.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  18. The North Carolina Senate?
    • 40.3%
      Democratic
    • 15.5%
      Republican
    • 44.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  19. The governor's office?
    • 61%
      Democratic
    • 14%
      Republican
    • 25%
      Don't Know/Refused
  20. Congress?
    • 51.3%
      Democratic
    • 19%
      Republican
    • 29.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  21. Do you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court's decision to affirm a person's right to own a gun?
    • 75.2%
      Agree
    • 18.7%
      Disagree
    • 6.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  22. Do you support or oppose the death penalty for raping a child?
    • 64.3%
      Support
    • 24.5%
      Oppose
    • 11.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  23. Would you be more or less likely to support a candidate who: is endorsed by unions?
    • 19.7%
      More
    • 36.2%
      Less
    • 35%
      No Difference
    • 9.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  24. Supports oil drilling off the coast of North Carolina
    • 59.5%
      More
    • 21.2%
      Less
    • 12.3%
      No Difference
    • 7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  25. Supports school vouchers?
    • 50.8%
      More
    • 23.7%
      Less
    • 13.5%
      No Difference
    • 12%
      Don't Know/Refused
  26. Is it better for the state to have lower tax rates for all businesses, new and existing, or to give targeted tax and cash incentives to a few new or relocating businesses?
    • 50.5%
      Lower tax rates/all bus.
    • 30%
      Targeted tax/cash few bus.
    • 19.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  27. In the next one to two years, the state of North Carolina will likely consider legislation to address what many perceive as the problem of global warming. Would you favor such legislation if it resulted in the following: higher gasoline prices?
    • 28.2%
      Yes
    • 63.3%
      No
    • 8.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  28. How much would you be willing to pay?Asked of those answering "yes" to the previous question
    • 5.3%
      Over 30%
    • 4.1%
      21-30%
    • 7.1%
      11-20%
    • 24.9%
      5-10%
    • 40.2%
      5% or less
    • 18.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  29. Higher electricity rates?
    • 26.7%
      Yes
    • 63.3%
      No
    • 10%
      Don't Know/Refused
  30. How much more would you be willing to pay?Asked of those answering "yes" to the previous question
    • 5.6%
      Over 30%
    • 1.3%
      21-30%
    • 10.6%
      11-20%
    • 25.6%
      5-10%
    • 47.5%
      5% or less
    • 9.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  31. Local community colleges in North Carolina are permitting the Mexican consulate to use college facilities to issue foreign ID cards (Matricula Consulars) to foreign nationals. Do you think that the Mexican government should be allowed to use government property to give ID cards to illegal aliens?
    • 20.3%
      Yes
    • 71.2%
      No
    • 8.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  32. Age group
    • 5.8%
      18-25
    • 16.3%
      26-40
    • 31.5%
      41-55
    • 20%
      56-65
    • 25.8%
      66+
    • 0.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  33. Political philosophy
    • 7.3%
      Very Liberal
    • 10.2%
      Somewhat Liberal
    • 23.2%
      Somewhat Conservative
    • 18%
      Very Conservative
    • 37.3%
      Moderate
    • 4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  34. On social issues do you generally consider yourself conservative or liberal?
    • 9.8%
      Very Liberal
    • 21.7%
      Somewhat Liberal
    • 32.5%
      Somewhat Conservative
    • 21.8%
      Very Conservative
    • 9.5%
      Moderate
    • 4.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  35. Regardless of your party registration, do you:
    • 16.7%
      Always Vote Democrat
    • 27.3%
      Vote Dem more than Rep
    • 28.2%
      Vote Rep more than Dem
    • 7.5%
      Always Vote Republican
    • 18.2%
      Both equally/split ticket
    • 2.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  36. Education
    • 5.3%
      Less than HS Graduate
    • 24.5%
      High School Graduate
    • 24%
      2 yr. college/technical
    • 30.2%
      4 yr. College Graduate
    • 15%
      Post-Graduate
    • 1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  37. In your current employment status, are you:
    • 9.2%
      Self-Employed
    • 35%
      Working for a Private Company
    • 11.8%
      Work for Government
    • 8%
      Spouse (housewife)
    • 31.7%
      Retired
    • 3.5%
      Unemployed
    • 0.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  38. National heritage
    • 74.8%
      Caucasian
    • 19.7%
      African-American
    • 0.5%
      Hispanic
    • 1.3%
      Native American
    • 0.7%
      Asian
    • 1.7%
      Other
    • 1.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  39. Affiliation
    • 48.5%
      Democrat
    • 33.5%
      Republican
    • 18%
      Unaffiliated
  40. Gender
    • 46.7%
      Male
    • 53.3%
      Female
  41. Geographic area
    • 20.7%
      Charlotte
    • 14.3%
      Western
    • 19.2%
      Piedmont Triad
    • 19.2%
      Triangle
    • 12.7%
      Northeast
    • 14%
      Southeast
  42. Voting history
    • 4.5%
      New
    • 22.3%
      One of Three
    • 25%
      Two of Three
    • 48.2%
      Three of Three

This article was posted in Poll Results by Civitas Staff on July 23, 2008 at 8:20 AM.

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