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May 2009 Poll Results

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  1. Do you feel things in North Carolina are generally headed in the right direction, or have gotten off on the wrong track?
    • 42.3%
      Right Direction
    • 47.5%
      Wrong Track
    • 10.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  2. What is the biggest issue or problem facing North Carolina today:
    • 47.3%
      Improve econ/create jobs
    • 14.2%
      Hold down taxes/spending
    • 11.3%
      Improve Public Education
    • 6.3%
      Reduce health care costs
    • 7.8%
      Government corruption/mismanagement
    • 2.7%
      Protecting the environment
    • 6.3%
      Control Illegal Immigration
    • 4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  3. If the election for state legislature were held today, would you be voting:
    • 39.5%
      Democratic
    • 36.5%
      Republican
    • 4.3%
      Neither
    • 19.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  4. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?
    • 31.7%
      Strongly Approve
    • 33.7%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 13.7%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 13.8%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 7.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  5. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bev Perdue is doing as governor?
    • 9.5%
      Strongly Approve
    • 36.7%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 19.5%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 22.2%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 12.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  6. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Kay Hagan is doing as US Senator?
    • 6.5%
      Strongly Approve
    • 35.3%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 10.5%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 10.3%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 37.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  7. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Richard Burr is doing as US Senator?
    • 7.3%
      Strongly Approve
    • 32.8%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 12.2%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 6.5%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 41.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  8. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Congress is doing?
    • 5.8%
      Strongly Approve
    • 35.3%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 18%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 26.5%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 14.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  9. I would like to read you some statements about Governor Bev Perdue. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with each of the statements: I trust Governor Bev perdue to make the right decisions for North Carolina.
    • 13.2%
      Strongly Agree
    • 41.2%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 20.5%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 20.2%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  10. Governor Perdue is a strong leader for our state.
    • 11%
      Strongly Agree
    • 37.3%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 20.7%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 21%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 10%
      Don't Know/Refused
  11. Governor Perdue is doing a good job handling the economic crisis in our state.
    • 7.3%
      Strongly Agree
    • 35.3%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 24.2%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 25.2%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  12. Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Bev Perdue's decision to cut the salaries of state employees and teachers in order to close the state's budget deficit?
    • 7.3%
      Strongly Approve
    • 24%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 27.2%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 37.5%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  13. In order to close the state's budget deficit, would you rather see elected officials cut the pay of all state employees and teachers, or make permanent cuts to the state's workforce?
    • 26%
      Pay cuts/employees/teachers
    • 49.3%
      Permanent cuts to state workforce
    • 24.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  14. The gas tax in North Carolina adjusts with the price of gasoline. On July 1st the tax is set to decrease by 2 cents per gallon. The North Carolina Senate passed a bill that will not allow the tax to decrease saying that the revenue is needed for transportation projects. Do you think the tax should be allowed to decrease, or kept at the same level?
    • 46.3%
      Tax allowed to decrease
    • 48.5%
      Kept at same level
    • 5.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  15. Do you approve or disapprove of a plan by the state legislature that would reduce the state sales tax rate, but would broaden the types of services that are taxed to include auto repair, home repair, and other services to the tax rolls?
    • 6.8%
      Strongly Approve
    • 30.3%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 24.7%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 26.2%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 12%
      Don't Know/Refused
  16. If you knew that the changes would increase taxes over $850 million per year, would you approve or disapprove?
    • 8.7%
      Strongly Approve
    • 25%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 26%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 28.7%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 11.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  17. Do you think global warming is caused more by long-term changes in the earth's atmosphere, by human activity, or do you think global warming does not exist?
    • 22.8%
      Changes in atmosphere
    • 49.5%
      Human activity
    • 15.2%
      Does not exist
    • 12.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  18. Do you think global warming will pose a serious threat to you or your way of life in your lifetime?Asked of those answering anything but "does not exist" to the previous question
    • 37.1%
      Yes
    • 55.4%
      No
    • 7.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  19. Would you be willing to pay higher gas prices and utility bills in the name of fighting global warming?Asked of those answering anything but "does not exist" to question 17.
    • 37.9%
      Yes
    • 55.2%
      No
    • 6.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  20. When it comes to government regulations, is it more important to promote economic growth or to protect the environment?
    • 44.8%
      Economic growth
    • 40%
      Protect environment
    • 15.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  21. In order to create jobs, is it better to give targeted tax breaks and cash incentives to a few large companies, or give across-the-board tax cuts to all small and medium sized companies?
    • 7%
      Tax breaks/large company
    • 87.2%
      Tax cuts/small/medium co.
    • 5.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  22. Which type of tax do you dislike the most?
    • 27.3%
      Income tax
    • 11.2%
      Sales tax
    • 33.3%
      Property tax
    • 18.8%
      Payroll/social security
    • 9.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  23. Are you concerned that the current level of government spending in Washington will bankrupt America?
    • 46.2%
      Strongly yes
    • 26%
      Yes
    • 18.7%
      No
    • 4.8%
      Strongly no
    • 4.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  24. Nearly half of the United States national debt is owed to individuals outside the United States and to foreign governments. How much does this concern you?
    • 66.2%
      A lot
    • 24.7%
      Some
    • 6.3%
      Not a lot
    • 2.5%
      Not at all
    • 0.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  25. What impact will the current level of government spending have on the economy: A positive or a negative impact?
    • 7.7%
      Very positive
    • 28.5%
      Somewhat positive
    • 28.5%
      Somewhat negative
    • 25%
      Very negative
    • 10.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  26. What impact will the current level of government spending have on you and your family?
    • 6.2%
      Very positive
    • 26.7%
      Somewhat positive
    • 34.2%
      Somewhat negative
    • 19.7%
      Very negative
    • 13.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  27. There are various proposals in Washington to change the economy in the United States to create a "sustainable economy". When discussing these proposals, which of the following would lead to a more sustainable economy:
    • 32.8%
      Limit growth/govt spend.
    • 16%
      Lowering taxes
    • 37.8%
      Encouraging job creation
    • 5.2%
      Stricter environmental policies
    • 2%
      Don't know what it is
    • 6.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  28. How would you describe the current level of government spending?
    • 6.2%
      Sustainable
    • 19.3%
      Probably sustainable
    • 26.3%
      Probably unsustainable
    • 41.3%
      Unsustainable
    • 6.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  29. Do you support the death penalty in North Carolina?
    • 63.5%
      Yes
    • 27.8%
      No
    • 8.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  30. If you were to register to vote today, would you register as:
    • 32.5%
      Republican
    • 41.2%
      Democrat
    • 1.8%
      Libertarian
    • 21.2%
      Unaffiliated
    • 3.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  31. Generally speaking, do you think politicians in this state are ethical and honest, or tend to be unethical and dishonest?
    • 36.2%
      Ethical/honest
    • 54.2%
      Unethical/dishonest
    • 9.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  32. On crime and punishment, do you generally think we need longer prison sentences, or more intervention and rehabilitation for criminals?
    • 33.5%
      Longer prison sentences
    • 53.3%
      More intervention/rehab
    • 13.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  33. Do you think abortions should always be legal, only in cases of rape, incest, or to preserve a mother's life, or illegal under any circumstance?
    • 28.8%
      Always be legal
    • 46.8%
      Certain circumstances
    • 20.5%
      Never legal
    • 3.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  34. Which do you believe is the best role for government as it relates to the economy: actively spend money to create jobs, or serve a limited role and allow the free markets to create jobs?
    • 36%
      Spend money/create jobs
    • 56.7%
      Limited role/free markets
    • 7.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  35. Age group
    • 5%
      18-25
    • 19.7%
      26-40
    • 32.8%
      41-55
    • 21.7%
      56-65
    • 20.7%
      66+
    • 0.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  36. Behavioral voting
    • 21.5%
      Always Vote Democrat
    • 19.2%
      Few more Dems than Reps
    • 22.8%
      Few more Reps than Dems
    • 9.2%
      Always Vote Republican
    • 24.5%
      Ticket-splitter
    • 2.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  37. Political philosophy
    • 8.2%
      Very Liberal
    • 16.7%
      Somewhat Liberal
    • 24.7%
      Somewhat Conservative
    • 17.7%
      Very Conservative
    • 31%
      Moderate
    • 1.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  38. In your current employment status, are you:
    • 12%
      Self-Employed
    • 38.5%
      Working for a private co
    • 11.3%
      Work for Government
    • 7.2%
      Spouse (housewife)
    • 24.7%
      Retred
    • 6%
      Unemployed
    • 0.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  39. National Heritage
    • 75.8%
      Caucasian
    • 21.2%
      African-American
    • 0.2%
      Hispanic
    • 0.5%
      Native American
    • 0.2%
      Asian
    • 1.7%
      Other
    • 0.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  40. Affiliation
    • 46.8%
      Democrat
    • 36.7%
      Republican
    • 16.5%
      Unaffiliated
  41. Gender
    • 44.7%
      Male
    • 55.3%
      Female
  42. Geographic area
    • 20.2%
      Charlotte
    • 13.7%
      Western
    • 19.5%
      Piedmont Triad
    • 18.7%
      Triangle
    • 14.2%
      Northeast
    • 13.8%
      Southeast

This article was posted in Poll Results by Civitas Staff on June 9, 2009 at 3:10 PM.

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