August 2010 Poll Results

This poll of 400 unaffiliated likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted August 16-18 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote since 2008. An additional screening question was asked to filter only those voters having some likelihood to vote in the upcoming 2010 election.

The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 400 interviews (registered unaffiliated voters) will be within +/- 4.9% of the "True Values." True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote since 2008.

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  1. On a scale of one to ten, how likely do you think you are you to vote in the Statewide elections this coming November? One means you are not at all likely to vote, five means there is a 50-50 chance you will vote, and ten means it is certain that you will vote in the November election. Remember you can use any number between one and ten.
    • 79.7%
      10
    • 7.2%
      9
    • 6.4%
      8
    • 2%
      7
    • 1%
      6
    • 3.7%
      5
  2. Do you feel things in North Carolina are generally headed in the right direction or have gotten off on the wrong track?
    • 28.7%
      Right Direction
    • 54%
      Wrong Track
    • 17.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  3. And if the election for State Legislator were held today, would you be voting:
    • 39.9%
      Republican
    • 26%
      Democratic
    • 14.4%
      Neither
    • 19.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  4. When you think about voting for North Carolina offices like the state legislature, what issue or problem should be their highest priority?
    • 39.9%
      Economy and jobs
    • 14.1%
      Improving public education
    • 4.5%
      Holding down taxes
    • 6.4%
      Reducing healthcare costs
    • 5%
      Government corruption
    • 1.5%
      Moral issues
    • 17.1%
      Budget/spending
    • 6.7%
      Illegal immigration
    • 2.7%
      Other
    • 2.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  5. Now I am going to read you a list of people active in politics. After I read each name, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person. If you never heard of them, just tell me and we’ll go on to the next one... the first one is: Barack Obama
    • 40.3%
      Favorable
    • 51%
      Unfavorable
    • 8.4%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 0.2%
      Never heard of
  6. Nancy Pelosi
    • 24.3%
      Favorable
    • 62.6%
      Unfavorable
    • 8.7%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 4.5%
      Never heard of
  7. Harry Reid
    • 18.1%
      Favorable
    • 44.3%
      Unfavorable
    • 17.3%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 20.3%
      Never heard of
  8. Bev Perdue
    • 41.3%
      Favorable
    • 41.1%
      Unfavorable
    • 15.3%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 2.2%
      Never heard of
  9. Richard Burr
    • 37.6%
      Favorable
    • 30.4%
      Unfavorable
    • 25.7%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 6.2%
      Never heard of
  10. Elaine Marshall
    • 22.5%
      Favorable
    • 17.1%
      Unfavorable
    • 26.2%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 34.2%
      Never heard of
  11. Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President?
    • 19.1%
      Strongly Approve
    • 23.5%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 9.4%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 44.3%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 3.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  12. If the election for US Senate were held today, for whom would you vote between: Richard Burr, the Republican; Elaine Marshall, the Democrat; or Michael Beitler, the Libertarian?
    • 25.5%
      Definitely Burr
    • 14.9%
      Probably Burr
    • 3.7%
      Lean Burr
    • 21%
      Definitely Marshall
    • 8.9%
      Probably Marshall
    • 3%
      Lean Marshall
    • 4.5%
      Definitely Beitler
    • 2.2%
      Probably Beitler
    • 0.5%
      Lean Beitler
    • 13.6%
      Hard undecided
    • 0.5%
      Other
    • 1.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  13. In general, are you most concerned with:
    • 35.4%
      Economic issues, jobs and the economy
    • 17.8%
      Fiscal issues, like taxes and spending
    • 10.4%
      Foreign affairs and national security issues, like terrorism, the wars overseas and border security
    • 18.8%
      Social issues, like education, health care and the environment
    • 9.2%
      Moral issues, like right to life, family values and same sex marriages
    • 6.9%
      All/combo
    • 0.2%
      Other
    • 1.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  14. Do you feel that you live in an urban, suburban or rural area?
    • 19.6%
      Urban
    • 44.8%
      Suburban
    • 34.4%
      Rural
    • 1.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  15. On fiscal issues, like taxes and government spending, do you generally consider yourself to be a liberal, moderate or a conservative?
    • 10.1%
      Liberal
    • 28%
      Moderate
    • 58.4%
      Conservative
    • 3.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  16. On social issues, like abortion and marriage, do you generally consider yourself to be a liberal, moderate or a conservative?
    • 29.2%
      Liberal
    • 24%
      Moderate
    • 43.3%
      Conservative
    • 3.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  17. Which of the following most reflects your beliefs regarding the impact of taxes:
    • 56.4%
      Tax increases harm economic growth and cause jobs to be lost
    • 27.5%
      Tax increases have no real effect on the economy and job creation
    • 2.2%
      No Opinion
    • 13.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  18. Do you support or oppose that new law in Arizona regarding illegal immigration?
    • 45.8%
      Strongly Support
    • 12.1%
      Somewhat Support
    • 10.9%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 20.8%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 10.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  19. Do you support or oppose drilling for oil and natural gas off the coast of North Carolina?
    • 25%
      Strongly Support
    • 27.2%
      Somewhat Support
    • 10.6%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 26%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 11.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  20. Do you support or oppose amending the North Carolina constitution to define marriage as only between one man and one woman?
    • 43.6%
      Strongly Support
    • 7.7%
      Somewhat Support
    • 9.7%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 31.9%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 7.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  21. Do you support or oppose the death penalty for First-degree murder?
    • 41.1%
      Strongly Support
    • 23.3%
      Somewhat Support
    • 11.1%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 14.9%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 9.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  22. Do you support or oppose President Obama’s new healthcare reform?
    • 22.5%
      Strongly Support
    • 15.6%
      Somewhat Support
    • 8.7%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 44.1%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 9.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  23. Who did you vote for or support in the 2008 Presidential Election?
    • 41.6%
      Barack Obama
    • 49.3%
      John McCain
    • 3.5%
      Someone Else
    • 2%
      Don't remember/didn't vote
    • 3.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  24. In what year were you born?
    • 1.7%
      18-25
    • 14.1%
      26-40
    • 30.9%
      41-55
    • 22%
      56-65
    • 28.5%
      66+
    • 2.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  25. If you were to label yourself, would you say you are a liberal, a moderate, or a conservative in your political beliefs?
    • 5%
      Very Liberal
    • 8.4%
      Somewhat Liberal
    • 41.3%
      Moderate
    • 21.8%
      Somewhat Conservative
    • 20.5%
      Very Conservative
    • 3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  26. In terms of political party, do you identify more with the Republican Party, the Democratic Party or something else?
    • 14.6%
      Strong Republican
    • 19.8%
      Not So Strong Republican
    • 12.4%
      Not So Strong Democrat
    • 10.4%
      Strong Democrat
    • 40.3%
      Independent/unaffiliated
    • 2.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  27. Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your own opinion on the issue of abortion...
    • 16.1%
      I am pro-life and oppose abortions under all circumstances
    • 37.9%
      I am pro-life but believe exceptions should be made in cases such as rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
    • 21%
      I am pro-choice, but I believe in parental notification and banning partial-birth abortion and government funding
    • 20.3%
      I am pro-choice without exception
    • 4.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  28. In terms of your current employment status, would you say you…
    • 9.4%
      Are self-employed
    • 25.2%
      Work for a private company
    • 1.5%
      Work for the federal government
    • 7.2%
      Work for state or local government
    • 6.2%
      Work in public education
    • 7.7%
      Are a Homemaker
    • 35.6%
      Are Retired
    • 5%
      Are Unemployed
    • 2.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  29. Which category best describes your race or ethnicity?
    • 91.8%
      White or Caucasian
    • 3.5%
      African American or Black
    • 0.7%
      Hispanic or Latino
    • 0.5%
      Native American
    • 0.7%
      Asian or Pacific Islander
    • 1%
      Other
    • 1.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  30. In what area of the country did you live prior to moving to North Carolina?
    • 25.5%
      Northeast
    • 13.4%
      Midwest
    • 2.7%
      West coast
    • 19.8%
      South
    • 6.2%
      Southeast
    • 30.7%
      Always lived in North Carolina
    • 1.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  31. Gender
    • 49%
      Men
    • 51%
      Women

This article was posted in Poll Results by Civitas Staff on September 7, 2010 at 12:35 PM.

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