April 2009 Poll Results

  1. If you were to label yourself, would you say you are a liberal, a moderate, or a conservative in your political beliefs?
    Liberal 17.2%
    Very liberal 7.7%
    Somewhat liberal 9.5%
    Moderate 32.8%
    Conservative 46.2%
    Somewhat Conservative 17.7%
    Very Conservative 28.5%
    Don’t Know/Refused 3.8%
  2. Overall, would you say that things in the North Carolina are headed in the right direction, or would you say they are headed off the wrong track?
    Right direction 35.2%
    Wrong track 48.8%
    Don’t Know/Refused 16.0%
  3. If the election for North Carolina state legislature were held today, for whom would you be more likely to vote – a Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate?
    Republican 36.3%
    Democratic 37.5%
    Undecided 26.2%
  4. What is the most important issue facing North Carolina today?
    Unemployment/jobs 28.8%
    Economy 20.7%
    Education/quality 8.7%
    Budget/deficit 5.8%
    Taxes 4.7%
    Health care 2.8%
    Wasteful Gov’t spending 2.8%
    School funding 2.3%
    Financial issues 2.2%
    Health insurance 1.7%
    Immigration/illegal aliens 1.7%
    Roads 1.2%
    State lottery funds 0.8%
    Poverty/hunger/homeless 0.7%
    Housing/affordable 0.7%
    Teacher quality/pay 0.7%
    Leadership 0.7%
    Higher wages 0.5%
    Infrastructure 0.5%
    Crime 0.5%
    Drugs/alcohol 0.5%
    Government reform 0.5%
    Gov’t corruption 0.5%
    Governor Bev Perdue 0.5%
    Socialism 0.5%
    Outsourcing 0.3%
    Energy crisis 0.3%
    Youth/teen programs 0.3%
    War/peace/Iraq 0.3%
    Court/judicial system 0.3%
    Environment 0.3%
    Moral/family values 0.3%
    Barack Obama 0.3%
    Income tax 0.2%
    Sin tax 0.2%
    Senior health/Medicare 0.2%
    Welfare reform 0.2%
    Social security 0.2%
    Quality of life 0.2%
    Safety/security 0.2%
    Abortion 0.2%
    Same sex marriage 0.2%
    Democrats 0.2%
    Wall Street bail-out 0.2%
    Smoking laws 0.2%
    Stimulus package 0.2%
    Don’t know 4.3%
  5. Now, I am going to read you a list of names. Will you please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of each person? If you have no opinion or have never heard of the person, just say so.

    "Barack Obama"

    Very favorable 41.3%
    Somewhat favorable 18.3%
    Somewhat unfavorable 10.0%
    Very unfavorable 19.2%
    No opinion 11.2%
  6. Now, I am going to read you a list of names. Will you please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of each person? If you have no opinion or have never heard of the person, just say so.

    "Bev Perdue"

    Very favorable 13.8%
    Somewhat favorable 30.2%
    Somewhat unfavorable 17.3%
    Very unfavorable 17.8%
    No opinion 18.3%
    Never heard of 2.5%
  7. Now, I am going to read you a list of names. Will you please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of each person? If you have no opinion or have never heard of the person, just say so.

    "Richard Burr"

    Very favorable 14.0%
    Somewhat favorable 19.2%
    Somewhat unfavorable 8.7%
    Very unfavorable 8.7%
    No opinion 38.7%
    Never heard of 10.8%
  8. Now, I am going to read you a list of names. Will you please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of each person? If you have no opinion or have never heard of the person, just say so.

    "Roy Cooper"

    Very favorable 14.0%
    Somewhat favorable 19.2%
    Somewhat unfavorable 8.7%
    Very unfavorable 8.7%
    No opinion 38.7%
    Never heard of 10.8%
  9. In general, are you most concerned about economic issues, like taxes, the budget, the economy and jobs; social issues like education social security, the environment and health care; world affairs and national security issues such as the war in Iraq, terrorism, illegal immigration and border security, or moral issues like abortion school prayer, and gay marriage?
    Economic issues 62.8%
    Social Issues 12.3%
    Moral Issues 11.5%
    World Affairs/National Security 8.0%
    Don’t Know/Refused 5.3%
  10. If the election were held today, which one of the following best describes how you are likely to vote in the election for United States senate between Richard Burr, the Republican candidate, and Roy Cooper, the Democratic candidate?
    Definitely Burr 19.3%
    Probably Burr 10.7%
    Lean Burr 4.7%
    Definitely Cooper 14.5%
    Probably Cooper 13.8%
    Lean Cooper 5.3%
    Undecided 31.7%
  11. If you knew there was a 5% deficit in the North Carolina state budget, to cover that 5% deficit, would you rather see the state cut spending or raise taxes?
    Cut Spending 79.8%
    Raise Taxes 11.8%
    Don’t Know/Refused 8.3%
  12. From the following list, who is most responsible for the North Carolina budget deficit?
    1. The governor
    2. The republicans in the state legislature
    3. The democrats in the state legislature
    Democrats/legislature 22.0%
    Governor 19.8%
    Republicans/legislature 18.0%
    Don’t know/Refused 40.2%
  13. Currently, North Carolina has a progressive state income tax system, where the high income earners pay more in income tax, and the lower income earners pay less. Knowing this, which of the following statements about income taxes in North Carolina comes closest to your own personal opinion?
    1. Low income earners should pay nothing in income tax, or,
    2. Everybody who works in North Carolina should pay something.
    Low/pay nothing 11.8%
    Everybody pay something 84.3%
    Don’t know/Refused 3.8%
  14. Regarding the state budget and Governor Perdue’s plan to balance the state budget with federal stimulus money, please tell me which of the following comes closest to your own personal opinion? (READ & ROTATE CHOICES)
    1. (Some/Other) people say Governor Perdue is RIGHT to use the federal stimulus money to balance the state budget. They say by using the stimulus money to balance the budget, Governor Perdue can continue state services.
    2. (Other/Some) people say Governor Perdue is WRONG to use federal stimulus money to balance the state budget. They say the money may help in the short term, but when the stimulus money is gone, then the state budget will be out of balance again. Instead they say Governor Perdue should cut spending to balance the budget and use the stimulus money to reduce taxes or pay down state debt.
    Right 31.3%
    Wrong 56.0%
    Don’t know/Refused 12.7%
  15. Do you approve or disapprove of a plan by the state legislature that would reduce the sales tax rate, but would broaden the types of services that are taxed, adding haircuts, painting your house and other services to the tax rolls?
    Strongly approve 9.2%
    Somewhat approve 23.8%
    Somewhat disapprove 14.2%
    Strongly disapprove 38.5%
    Don’t know/refused 14.3%
  16. Now, would you approve or disapprove of this plan knowing that it means raising taxes by $500 million dollars?
    Strongly approve 4.0%
    Somewhat approve 14.5%
    Somewhat disapprove 12.0%
    Strongly disapprove 53.8%
    Don’t know/refused 15.7%
  17. In your opinion, what percentage of state government spending you think is wasted?
    Zero Percent/None 0.7%
    1%-5% 4.8%
    6%-10% 9.3%
    11%-20% 16.0%
    21%-30% 15.3%
    31%-40% 12.5%
    41%-50% 8.0%
    Over 50% 16.2%
    Don’t know/Refused 17.2%
  18. Can you please give me an example of state government spending that you think is wasteful government spending?
    Road/highway repairs 5.3 %
    Travel expenses/costs 4.5 %
    Pork barrel projects 3.7%
    State workers payroll 3.5%
    Everything/all 3.3%
    Education system 2.3%
    Welfare programs 2.2%
    Prison system 1.8%
    Legislative perks 1.8%
    Too many employees 1.7%
    Illegal alien services 1.7%
    Construction projects 1.5%
    Politician salaries 1.5%
    Bureaucracy/red tape 1.0%
    Free employee healthcare 1.0%
    N.C. D.O.T. 1.0%
    Business development 0.8%
    Mental health 0.8%
    School administrators 0.8%
    State employee autos 0.8%
    Pay raises/excessive 0.8%
    State contracts 0.7%
    Fuel/gas usage/cost 0.7%
    Gov’t programs/n-spec 0.5%
    No show positions 0.5%
    Incompetent workers 0.5%
    Research program funds 0.5%
    Free school meals 0.5%
    Tax hikes 0.5%
    Governor’s bodyguards 0.3%
    Office decorating 0.3%
    Kids’ health programs 0.3%
    Unemployment benefits 0.3%
    Advertising 0.3%
    Lottery funds allocation 0.3%
    Airport projects 0.3%
    School vouchers 0.3%
    Fishing piers 0.3%
    Private airplanes 0.3%
    Perks for wealthy 0.3%
    Public arts funding 0.3%
    Park renovations 0.3%
    Outer bank construction 0.3%
    City council 0.3%
    Beach reclamation 0.2%
    Consultant fees 0.2%
    Gov.’s satellite office 0.2%
    Duplicated services 0.2%
    State grants/not spec 0.2%
    Infrastructure 0.2%
    Planned Parenthood 0.2%
    Equipment purchasing 0.2%
    Military spending 0.2%
    Fighting Al Qaeda 0.2%
    Law enforcement 0.2%
    Water system funding 0.2%
    Farm subsidies 0.2%
    Bail-outs 0.2%
    Global warming 0.2%
    Abortion services 0.2%
    Gay marriage support 0.2%
    Police car replacement 0.2%
    Tennis courts 0.2%
    Monuments & statues 0.2%
    Don’t know 45.3%
     
  19. Now, I am going to read you a list of issues. Would you please tell me if you approve or disapprove of each of the following?
    "A proposal to give every small business a 10% state tax cut to help small businesses retain and create new jobs"
    Strongly approve 55.0%
    Somewhat approve 30.2%
    Somewhat disapprove 7.0%
    Strongly disapprove 3.3%
    Don’t know/refused 4.5%
  20. Now, I am going to read you a list of issues. Would you please tell if you approve or disapprove of each of the following?
    "Passing a state law requiring a vote by the people of North Carolina to approve any new statewide tax increases, including income tax increases and sales tax increases"
    Strongly approve 47.7%
    Somewhat approve 23.0%
    Somewhat disapprove 12.7%
    Strongly disapprove 12.3%
    Don’t know/refused 4.3%
  21. Now, I am going to read you a list of issues. Would you please me if you approve or disapprove of each of the following?
    "Passing a state law requiring a vote by the people of the affected cities and counties to approve any property tax increase for their cities and counties"
    Strongly approve 47.3%
    Somewhat approve 25.0%
    Somewhat disapprove 10.7%
    Strongly disapprove 12.0%
    Don’t know/refused 5.0%
  22. Now, I am going to read you a list of issues. Would you please tell me if you approve or disapprove of each of the following?
    “President Barack Obama’s plan for a universal health care system will give every American health care coverage, even if it means cutting Medicare programs that senior citizens depend on"
    Strongly approve 18.7%
    Somewhat approve 16.3%
    Somewhat disapprove 16.7%
    Strongly disapprove 39.3%
    Don’t know/refused 9.0%
  23. I am going to read you a list of issues. Would you please tell me if you approve or disapprove of each of the following?
    "Increasing the class size in kindergarten through 12th grade an average of 2 students per class, which would save $322 million dollars a year"
    Strongly approve 31.3%
    Somewhat approve 23.2%
    Somewhat disapprove 13.0%
    Strongly disapprove 23.2%
    Don’t know/refused 9.3%
  24. Now, I am going to read you a list of issues. Would you please tell me if you approve or disapprove of each of the following?
    "A plan by the North Carolina state legislature to create jobs and stimulate the economy by spending $22 million dollars to build a fishing pier off of the outer banks"
    Strongly approve 6.7%
    Somewhat approve 13.5%
    Somewhat disapprove 18.2%
    Strongly disapprove 47.3%
    Don’t know/refused 14.3%
  25. Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement:
    "Illegal immigration hurts the North Carolina economy by taking away jobs from the people of North Carolina."
    Strongly approve 48.7%
    Somewhat approve 22.5%
    Somewhat disapprove 10.8%
    Strongly disapprove 13.7%
    Don’t know/refused 4.3%
  26. When it comes to the issue of drilling for oil and natural gas off the coast of North Carolina, which of the following comes closest to your own personal opinion?
    1. Drilling for oil and natural gas should be allowed anywhere off coast…
    2. Drilling for oil and natural gas should only be allowed off the coast of North Carolina if it is out of sight from the shore. Or,
    3. Drilling for oil and natural gas should not be allowed at all off the coast of North Carolina.
    Anywhere off coast 31.2%
    Out of sight/shore 40.7%
    Not allowed 21.8%
    Don’t know/refused 6.3%
  27. Now, thinking about state employee associations, such as the teachers association and the civil service employees union, and their members, do you think it’s fair or unfair that teachers, state employees and university professors do not have to personally pay anything for their health insurance premiums, while the taxpayers of North Carolina have to pay all the costs to cover the state employees’ health insurance?
    Fair 28.7%
    Unfair 62.0%
    Don’t know/refused 9.3%
  28. From the following list, who do you think is better able to create jobs and rebuild the economy?
    1. Small businesses and entrepreneurs
    2. Large, multinational corporations
    3. The government
    4. Non-profit organizations
    Small businesses and entrepreneurs 59.7%
    Large, multinational corporations 18.0%
    The government 9.0%
    Non-profit organizations 3.5%
    Don’t know/refused 9.8%
  29. In your opinion, how long will it take for the economy to improve and for the recession to end?
    Less than 6 months 1.5%
    6 months to a year 14.8%
    A year to 2 years 37.5%
    Over 2 years 40.5%
    Don’t know/refused 5.7%
  30. When thinking about the economy, which of the following do think is the best indicator to determine if things are improving?
    Lower unemployment 59.3%
    Stock market rising 16.8%
    Your income going up 5.8%
    Your taxes going down 5.7%
    Home prices going up 4.0%
    Inflation is low 2.2%
    Don’t know/refused 6.2%
  31. Between the following two statements, which do you believe comes closer to your own personal opinion regarding Barack Obama and the current economic crisis?
    1. Barack Obama is on top of the situation and is doing a good job of handling the crisis, or,
    2. Barack Obama is in over his head and is letting the financial crisis worsen.
    On top of situation 55.0%
    In over his head 36.3%
    Don’t know/refused 8.7%
  32. Between the following two statements, which do you believe comes closer to your own personal opinion regarding Barack Obama?
    1. Barack Obama shares my values and I trust him to make leadership decisions, or,
    2. Barack Obama does not share your values and is doing what he wants to do.
    Shares my values 55.5%
    Not share my values 35.0%
    Don’t know/refused 9.5%
  33. Between the following two statements, which do you believe comes closer to your own personal opinion regarding Barack Obama?
    1. Barack Obama thinks people should get ahead through hard work and merit, or,
    2. Barack Obama thinks people are owed a living through wealth redistribution to give a good quality of life to every citizen.
    Hard work/Merit 52.8%
    Owed a living 37.2%
    Don’t know/refused 10.0%
  34. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
    "Barack Obama has kept his campaign promise to clean up the corruption in Washington."
    Strongly agree 13.5%
    Somewhat agree 33.7%
    Somewhat disagree 11.7%
    Strongly disagree 27.3%
    Don’t know/refused 13.8%
  35. If you knew each of the following statements were true, would each make you more likely or less likely to approve of the way President Barack Obama is handling his job.
    "Barack Obama’s mortgage bailout plan requires people who are paying their mortgages to also pay the mortgages of people who lost their jobs, overspent or lied about their income and now cannot afford to pay their own mortgage"
    Much more likely 6.8%
    Somewhat more likely 8.8%
    Somewhat less likely 23.0%
    Much less likely 32.2%
    No difference 19.2%
    Don’t know/refused 10.0%
  36. If you knew each of the following statements were true, would each make you more likely or less likely to approve of the way President Barack Obama is handling his job. "Barack Obama’s cap & trade taxes, which are meant to fight global warming, will add another $830 dollars a year in fees and added expenses to the average North Carolina household"
    Much more likely 8.0%
    Somewhat more likely 10.0%
    Somewhat less likely 16.8%
    Much less likely 33.5%
    No difference 19.2%
    Don’t know/refused 12.5%
  37. Some people say that North Carolina government and elected officials are corrupt and others say government and elected officials are ethical and honest. Thinking about this, which of the following statements comes closest to your own personal opinion?
    1. The elected officials who run North Carolina state government are corrupt
    2. The system of government in North Carolina is corrupt,
    3. The system and the elected officials are both corrupt, or
    4. The system and the people in North Carolina government are ethical …
    Both are corrupt 30.3%
    Both are ethical 23.5%
    Officials corrupt 12.3%
    System of government corrupt 11.2%
    Don’t know/refused 22.7%
  38. Are You Currently:
    Full Time Employed 40.3
    Part Time Employed 9.2%
    Not Employed/Looking 6.8%
    Stay at home parent 6.3%
    Retired 35.5%
    Don’t know/refused 1.8%
  39. Do you or does any member of your family who lives in this household belong to a public service labor union, Teachers Association, or other labor union?
    Public Service 1.7%
    Teachers Association 4.5%
    Other labor union 2.8%
    More than one 0.8%
    Non-union 86.5%
    Don’t know/refused 3.7%
  40. Do you, or does anyone in your household, own or run a small business?
    Yes 19.7%
    No 77.8%
    Don’t know/refused 2.5%
  41. Do you currently own a home and pay a mortgage, own a home with the mortgage paid off, or rent your home?
    Pay mortgage 46.5%
    Mortgage paid 35.2%
    Rent Home 13.3%
    Don’t know/refused 5.0%
  42. Were you born and raised in the South?
    Yes 68.5%
    No 29.3%
    Don’t know/refused 2.2%
  43. On the issue of abortion, would you consider yourself to be pro-life or pro-choice?
    Strongly pro-life 39.5%
    Somewhat pro-life 17.3%
    Somewhat pro-choice 15.3%
    Strongly pro-choice 22.0%
    Don’t know/refused 5.8%
  44. When there is a general election, how do you usually vote?
    Always Democratic 14.2%
    Usually Democratic 21.3%
    Split ticket 26.3%
    Usually Republican 23.5%
    Always republican 10.3%
    Don’t know/refused 4.3%
  45. What is your race or ethnic heritage?
    Caucasian 76.0%
    African-American/Black 19.7%
    Hispanic/Latino 1.7%
    Asian 0.8%
    Other 0.3%
    Don’t know/refused 1.5%
  46. What is your age?
    18-25 3.7%
    26-40 12.7%
    41-55 30.3%
    56-65 23.2%
    Over 65 27.3%
    Don’t know/refused 2.8%
  47. Gender:
    Male 48.0%
    Female 52.0%
This article was posted in Poll Results by Civitas Staff on May 20, 2009 at 9:22 AM.

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