February 2011 Poll Results

This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted February 10, 12-13 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.

The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% 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. Do you feel things in North Carolina are generally headed in the right direction or have gotten off on the wrong track?
    • 31.7%
      Right Direction
    • 54.2%
      Wrong Track
    • 14.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  2. And if the election for State Legislature were held today, would you be voting for the:
    • 42.8%
      Republican candidate
    • 32.8%
      Democratic candidate
    • 7.5%
      Neither
    • 16.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  3. If you were to label yourself, would you say you are a liberal, a moderate, or a conservative in your political beliefs?
    • 6.8%
      Very Liberal
    • 8.3%
      Somewhat Liberal
    • 37.3%
      Moderate
    • 22.9%
      Somewhat Conservative
    • 20.6%
      Very Conservative
    • 4.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  4. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Bev Perdue?
    • 9.5%
      Very Favorable
    • 22.7%
      Somewhat Favorable
    • 20.2%
      Somewhat Unfavorable
    • 23.4%
      Very Unfavorable
    • 23.5%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 0.7%
      Never heard of
  5. Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President of the United States?
    • 28%
      Strongly Approve
    • 18.2%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 12.1%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 36.3%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 5.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  6. Do you support or oppose legislation to place caps on the amount of money that can be awarded in medical malpractice suits?
    • 48.4%
      Strongly Support
    • 23.1%
      Somewhat Support
    • 10%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 12.3%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 6.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  7. Which of the following statements comes closer to your own opinion when it comes to medical malpractice suits:
    • 58.4%
      Some people say that the state legislature needs to limit medical malpractice lawsuits and jury awards, because all of these lawsuits force doctors to practice defensive medicine, such as ordering up unnecessary tests for fear of getting sued. All of this drives up the cost of health care and health insurance.
    • 29.2%
      Other people say that limits on lawsuits infringe on the constitutional right of each citizen to have his day in court, and patients need every tool available to them to guard against medical malpractice.
    • 12.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  8. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statement: "Doctors sometimes order extra, unnecessary tests that end up driving up medical costs in order to avoid frivolous medical malpractice suits."
    • 44.9%
      Strongly Agree
    • 30.3%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 11.6%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 7.8%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 5.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  9. Do you support or oppose a new law that would allow a judge to require the loser in a frivolous lawsuit to pay all of the attorneys fees and court costs associated with the trial?
    • 37%
      Strongly Support
    • 17.7%
      Somewhat Support
    • 13.9%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 19.7%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 11.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  10. Who do you personally trust more, between...
    • 77.3%
      Doctors
    • 4.5%
      Trial lawyers
    • 12.3%
      None/other
    • 6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  11. Currently in medical malpractice cases, there is no limit on what an injured patient can be awarded for non economic damages, sometimes called pain and suffering. Some believe this drives up the cost of health care. Would you support or oppose legislation that would allow an injured party to collect for lost wages, medical care, and other actual damages but limit non-economic damages to two hundred fifty thousand dollars?
    • 42.1%
      Strongly Support
    • 25.4%
      Somewhat Support
    • 7%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 16.3%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 9.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  12. More than half of the states are suing the federal government challenging the constitutionality of the recently passed federal healthcare reform bill. Currently North Carolina is not one of those states. Do you support or oppose legislation directing Attorney General Roy Cooper to have North Carolina join the majority of states in opposing the national healthcare act?
    • 43.8%
      Strongly Support
    • 8.8%
      Somewhat Support
    • 7.3%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 32.8%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 7.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  13. Split Sample

    • The North Carolina General Assembly is considering two options to help close a projected $3.7 billion deficit and balance the North Carolina Budget this year. Of the following options, which would you prefer the assembly pick...
      • 15.6%
        Lay off 5 percent of state employees and teachers to avoid pay cuts for the remaining employees
      • 60.5%
        Cut the pay of all state employees and teachers by 5 percent.
      • 16.6%
        None/other
      • 7.3%
        Don't Know/Refused
    • The North Carolina General Assembly is considering two options to help close a projected $3.7 billion deficit and balance the North Carolina Budget this year. Of the following options, which would you prefer the assembly pick...
      • 15.2%
        Lay off 10 percent of state employees and teachers to avoid pay cuts for the remaining employees
      • 57.9%
        Cut the pay of all state employees and teachers by 10 percent.
      • 20.5%
        None/other
      • 6.3%
        Don't Know/Refused
  14. Do you support or oppose allowing a North Carolina city to provide cable TV, telephone and broadband services in competition with private companies who currently provide those services in the city?
    • 35.7%
      Strongly Support
    • 21.6%
      Somewhat Support
    • 10.4%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 21.6%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 10.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  15. Which of the following do you believe would do more will help create jobs in North Carolina?
    • 26.7%
      Increase taxpayer funded dollars to give out of state businesses incentives to relocate to North Carolina.
    • 53.2%
      Eliminate the corporate income tax on all businesses based in North Carolina, as an incentive to attract more companies to and businesses to operate in North Carolina.
    • 10.8%
      None/other
    • 9.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  16. The One North Carolina Fund and the Job Development Incentive Grant are both state taxpayer funded programs that distribute dollars directly to corporations choosing to stay in or relocate to North Carolina. In exchange, recipients promise to invest a certain amount of money and employ a certain number of workers. Grants for the One North Carolina Fund are determined at the discretion of the Governor and the Job Development Incentive Grants are made by an appointed economic investment committee. With that information, do you approve or disapprove of the use of taxpayer dollars being distributed to companies through these programs?
    • 15.4%
      Strongly Approve
    • 25.7%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 17.7%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 30.3%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 10.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  17. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statement: "A person who is injured on the job should receive workers compensation for the remainder of their life, even if they are able to work at a different job."
    • 5.6%
      Strongly Agree
    • 5.6%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 17.9%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 67.5%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 3.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  18. From the following list which do you think should be considered first when balancing the state budget?
    • 13.6%
      Cutting the state employee workforce
    • 19.9%
      Cutting the pay of state employees
    • 15.9%
      Cutting the state funding for nonprofits
    • 6.5%
      Raising tuition at NC universities
    • 23.5%
      Eliminating incentives for out-of-state companies
    • 5.5%
      All of the above
    • 4.5%
      Other/none
    • 10.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  19. And what would be your second choice?Asked of those indicating one of the first five choices above
    • 12.7%
      Cutting the state employee workforce
    • 16.9%
      Cutting the pay of state employees
    • 23.4%
      Cutting the state funding for nonprofits
    • 14.4%
      Raising tuition at NC universities
    • 20.7%
      Eliminating incentives for out-of-state companies
    • 1.3%
      All of the above
    • 3.5%
      Other/none
    • 7.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  20. The state legislature passed a bill cutting $800 million from the current year’s budget to help balance next year’s budget which is projected to have a $3.7 billion dollar deficit. The money would come from various unspent accounts including some job development programs and industrial recruitment funds. No current programs, projects or jobs would be eliminated. Should the governor sign or veto this bill?
    • 59.5%
      Sign
    • 20.7%
      Veto
    • 19.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  21. A campaign donor to Gov Bev Perdue was recently indicted for campaign law violations connected to her 2008 campaign for governor. Her campaign was previously fined by the state board of elections for campaign finance violations. Her campaign spokesman says that the Governor was unaware of the violations when they occurred. Do you believe the governor was personally aware of, or involved in any campaign irregularities?
    • 23.5%
      Yes, only aware
    • 21.9%
      Yes, both aware and involved in
    • 33.7%
      No
    • 20.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  22. The North Carolina State Board of Elections is comprised of 5 members appointed by the Governor. 3 members are from the Governor’s party and 2 are from the other major party. Other states have a board of elections comprised of equal number of members from each of the 2 major parties and two appointed executive directors, one from each of the major parties. With that information, do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "Switching from North Carolina’s more partisan election board make-up to a new style of board with equal representation from the two major parties would help North Carolina administer elections and oversee campaign finance violations in a more fair and impartial manner.?"
    • 53.9%
      Strongly Agree
    • 22.9%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 7.1%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 5.6%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 10.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  23. The Golden Leaf Foundation has over $600 million in taxpayer funds in its account. Which of the following actions would you prefer the legislature take with that money:
    • 52.2%
      Use that money to do things such as pay the state portion of the state employee retirement contribution for 2011 and balance the state budget
    • 29.4%
      Leave the money with Golden Leaf so the foundation’s politically appointed 15 member board of directors can continue to grant money for economic development and to local areas of the state.
    • 4.6%
      Other/none
    • 13.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  24. Currently the governor can serve 2 consecutive 4 year terms with no limit on the total number of terms. Would you support or oppose allowing a governor to serve only one 4 year term?
    • 29.2%
      Strongly Support
    • 9.6%
      Somewhat Support
    • 22.1%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 31.8%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 7.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  25. Are you or is any member of your family currently unemployed and would like to be employed?
    • 10.6%
      Yes, I am unemployed
    • 13.3%
      Yes, family member is
    • 2.2%
      Yes, both myself and a family member
    • 71.6%
      No
    • 2.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  26. In what year were you born?
    • 2.3%
      18-25
    • 12.3%
      26-40
    • 29.9%
      41-55
    • 21.6%
      56-65
    • 27.4%
      66+
    • 6.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  27. In terms of your current employment status, would you say you…
    • 7.8%
      Are self-employed
    • 26.4%
      Work for a private company
    • 2.2%
      Work for the federal government
    • 7.5%
      Work for state or local government
    • 4.1%
      Work in public education
    • 3.8%
      Are a Homemaker
    • 34%
      Are Retired
    • 10%
      Are Unemployed
    • 4.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  28. Which category best describes your race or ethnicity?
    • 80.9%
      White or Caucasian
    • 13.3%
      African-American or Black
    • 1.2%
      Hispanic or Latino
    • 1.3%
      Native American
    • 0.3%
      Asian or Pacific Islander
    • 1%
      Other
    • 2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  29. Would you consider the area you live in to be...
    • 23.1%
      Urban
    • 37%
      Suburban
    • 36%
      Rural
    • 4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  30. Gender
    • 47.4%
      Men
    • 52.6%
      Women
  31. Geographic area
    • 21.6%
      Charlotte
    • 13.1%
      Western
    • 20.2%
      Piedmont Triad
    • 21.1%
      Triangle
    • 10.1%
      Northeast
    • 13.9%
      Southeast
  32. Party registration
    • 36%
      Republican
    • 42.6%
      Democrat
    • 21.4%
      Independent/Other

This article was posted in Poll Results by Civitas Staff on March 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    ray
    ray Mar 16, 2011 at 9:51

    how did you manage tpo find so many stupid people for the survey? they don’t know if they are employed or not? they favor obama and don’t like his policies HUH? that is what you get when you have few rural and heavy democraps. we have a tremendous number of uninformed voters who are just plain stupid when it comes to what is happening around them.

  • 2

    curtis fretwell
    curtis fretwell Mar 16, 2011 at 10:22

    THANK YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION, I AM SUPRISED AT SOME BUT HAPPY
    THAT WE STILL HAVE SOME FREEDOM.
    I AM ALMOST 82 YRS. OLD AND CAN SEE WE ARE LOSING A LITTLE FREEDOM IN VARIOUS AREAS BUT I HOPE THIS TREND WILL BE REVERSED
    BY THE CURRENT CONGRESS.
    I DOUBT OUR ANCESTERS CAME OVER HERE FOR BIGGER GOVERNMENT!
    I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR NEXT POLL.
    THANKS

  • 3

    Shirley Riggles
    Shirley Riggles Mar 16, 2011 at 10:55

    Not a question about illegals? Why? How much money is being spent to pay for their health care, foodstamps,and gas and all the other benefits they get??? etc.!!!

  • 4

    Gorrell Thompson
    Gorrell Thompson Mar 16, 2011 at 11:39

    Good survey, so far as it goes. Confirms that we are still mostly a conservative Democrat populace that wants government out of making business’ decisions and into governing efficiently. It has always been up to us, the voters, to keep an eye on these folks and make sure they are doing their job. Now that the press isn’t doing it, I am thankful for the internet and alternative media helping US do the job.

  • 5

    Mike
    Mike Mar 16, 2011 at 11:50

    Re: Shirley Riggles question on illegals and their impact on NC budget – (Washington, D.C. January 13, 2009) A report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) finds that illegal immigration costs North Carolina more than $1.3 billion a year. An additional $1.2 billion earned in the state is denied to the North Carolina economy by illegal aliens who sent remittances abroad. Source:
    http://www.fairus.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=20192&security=1601&news_iv_ctrl=1741

    Note this assessment is now 2 years old, and costs have increased.

    The report “Immigrant Job Numbers Grow as American Employment Declines” at http://www.fairus.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=23944&security=1601&news_iv_ctrl=1721#1 is also alarming. Please follow the link and read that report.

    Thanks to Shirley for her question!

  • 6

    Anne Johnson
    Anne Johnson Mar 16, 2011 at 12:10

    Thanks, Mike for your comprehensive answer. I agree that something MUST be done about the horrific drain on our economy made by illegal aliens. If the men want to come here and work, fine. However, they should leave their dependents in their home country where they send the money they earn. We should not have to support the hordes of kids they have. The local health department is always clogged with the illegals, who demand that we speak their language, requiring a translator. The schools are clogged with their kids who have problems with the official language of this country, English.

    The immigrants who came to this country formerly began assimilation immediately. They wanted to be Americans and to be contributing members of our society. Their cultural differences were practiced in private. The political correctness nonsense has morally bankrupted this country.

  • 7

    TTanner
    TTanner Mar 16, 2011 at 14:17

    NC and honestly the whole nation of states has the funds and means to balance budgets, as does the Federal Government. It is a matter of simple comprimise and giving up lush perks and not try to lay it in the laps of the Taxpayers. Our Local, State and Federal Governments are just too spoiled, too blinded, or too hardheaded to just do what they must to balance thier budgets.
    The Illegal Alien issues are a very source of our debt problems. There are many unknown programs each branch has that is too close to our officials and they will not part with them.In fact, there is so much waste and fruad in all branches and levels of Governemnt it is unreal. No one wants to be audited publically. If we were to do a full public scale of all of our Government Branches and Levels, we will find enough capital to pay off all debts and have a surplus to care for each and every taxpayer,disabled taxpayer and retired taxpayer in this entire Country. It is the non-taxpayers that have a hand out that gets just a fraction of it. I will bet my life on it that, if we demanded a complete Audit of all Levels and Branches of Government two things will happen. Our Elected Officials will refuse to be Audited or we will finally see where all of this waste and fraud is going and take it back to put it where it belongs. And even maybe able to cut some of the Taxes down to a needed %. I bet many will think that the once sought after 10% Flat Tax Rate doesnt sound too bad after seeing what we are headed for today! I bet this Nation also could get by with a 7% Flat Tax rate at all Government Levels and Branches, and still be better off financially. We just have to cut out all of the waste, fraud and theift. But first we need to see exactlly where it is all trinkling down too. Because it sure isnt going towards who and what it is originally meant for.

  • 8

    John W. LaCava
    John W. LaCava Mar 16, 2011 at 16:38

    To all of you Obama supporters out there: Do you really think that a President who is more concerned with the ultimate winners in the NCAA basketball tournament rather than American domestic and foreign policy is suited to be President? This guy makes Nero look good.

  • 9

    Michael
    Michael Mar 16, 2011 at 20:21

    And these people are allowed to vote. I would guess that less than 10% of the people are qualified to do so. 47% of the people in this country pay no federal income tax but still are alowed to vote for policy makers to give them “stuff” What a shame

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