Full December 2010 Poll Results

This poll of 600 registered voters in North Carolina was conducted December 15-16, 2010 by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Virginia. This survey has a margin of error of +4.0% in 95 out of 100 cases. To ensure a representative sample, interviews were conducted proportional to voter registration figures for each county in the state based on the most recent figures compiled by the State Board of Elections.

  1. Generally speaking, would you say that things in North Carolina are going in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong track?
    Right direction 33%
    Wrong track 57%
    Not sure 10%
  2. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?
    Strongly approve 25%
    Somewhat approve 21%
    Somewhat disapprove 11%
    Strongly disapprove 41%
    Not sure 1%
  3. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bev Perdue is doing as Governor?
    Strongly approve 14%
    Somewhat approve 31%
    Somewhat disapprove 21%
    Strongly disapprove 26%
    Not sure 8%
  4. As you may know, President Obama and Congressional Republicans reached an agreement on a plan to extend the tax cuts for all Americans that were scheduled to expire at the end of the year. The compromise plan also includes an extension of unemployment aid for unemployed Americans, a cut in payroll taxes for 2011 and tax breaks for small businesses. Do you think Congress should or should not pass this compromise plan?
    Should pass it 69%
    Should not pass it 25%
    Not sure 6%
  5. Which one of the following is the most important issue facing North Carolina?

    And, which one of the following is the next most important issue facing the state?

    1st Top 2
    Jobs & the Economy 36% 54%
    Education 17% 38%
    State Budget & Govt. Spending 16% 30%
    Illegal immigration 9% 21%
    Health Care 8% 18%
    Taxes 4% 12%
    Crime & Drugs 4% 11%
    Goverment Corruption 4% 10%
    Environment 1% 2%
    Not sure 1% 2%
  6. Do you think Governor Bev Perdue does or does not have a clear plan for creating jobs?
    Does 25%
    Does not 60%
    Not sure 15%
  7. Would you support cutting taxes to encourage job creation even if it might require additional cuts in government spending in the short run?
    Yes 77%
    No 19%
    Not sure 4%
  8. As you may know, North Carolina is facing an estimated three point seven billion dollar state budget shortfall next year. Thinking about this, would you rather the Governor and State Legislature cut spending or raise your taxes?
    Cut spending 83%
    Raise taxes 14%
    Not sure 3%
  9. As you may know, North Carolina is facing an estimated three point seven billion dollar state budget shortfall next year. Thinking about this, would you rather the Governor and State Legislature cut spending even if it meant cutting funds for education and other government programs, or raise your taxes to avoid these cuts?
    Cutting funds for education and other government programs 49%
    Raise taxes to avoid cuts 40%
    Not sure 10%
  10. Should the North Carolina General Assembly eliminate any government program that has not been shown to produce positive results?
    Yes 85%
    No 9%
    Not sure 6%
  11. Currently North Carolina state law has a limit of 100 public charter schools in North Carolina and some counties have no operating public charter schools. Would you favor or oppose changing the law to remove the 100 school limit and allow more public charter schools to open?
    Strongly Favor 44%
    Somewhat Favor 30%
    Somewhat Oppose 9%
    Strongly Oppose 14%
    Not sure 4%
  12. Today, there are 115 school systems in North Carolina’s 100 counties. Your tax dollars pay for the administrative staff and support staff for each school system. Would you favor or oppose the legislature changing the law so that your tax dollars fund only one school system and administrative staff for each county?
    Strongly Favor 27%
    Somewhat Favor 26%
    Somewhat Oppose 18%
    Strongly Oppose 21%
    Not sure 8%
  13. Would you favor or oppose eliminating all state end of grade tests and replacing them with one nationally recognized test that allows parents to compare the performance of their child and school with the rest of the nation?
    Strongly Favor 47%
    Somewhat Favor 21%
    Somewhat Oppose 9%
    Strongly Oppose 15%
    Not sure 7%
  14. Do you personally have an official photo ID, such as a driver’s license, an ID card from the DMV, a military ID or a U.S. passport?
    Yes 99%
    No 1%
  15. Would you favor or oppose a law that requires voters to show government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, before being allowed cast a vote in an election?
    Strongly Favor 72%
    Somewhat Favor 12%
    Somewhat Oppose 4%
    Strongly Oppose 12%
    Not sure 1%
  16. Now, as you may know, North Carolina does not currently require a government-issued photo ID in order to vote. If in the future a government issued voter ID is required to vote, do you believe it would more likely to…(
    Stop voter fraud 77%
    Prevent eligible voters from casting a vote 17%
    Have no effect/No difference 2%
    Not sure 4%
  17. Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for those convicted of first degree murder in North Carolina?
    Strongly Favor 52%
    Somewhat Favor 19%
    Somewhat Oppose 8%
    Strongly Oppose 17%
    Don’t Know/Refuse 4%
  18. As you may know, currently no executions for those sentenced to the death penalty can occur due to a loophole in North Carolina law. Do you favor or oppose allowing executions to resume for those convicted felons sentenced to death?
    Strongly Favor 48%
    Somewhat Favor 18%
    Somewhat Oppose 11%
    Strongly Oppose 18%
    Don’t Know/Refuse 5%
  19. And, do you favor or oppose an amendment to the North Carolina constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman?
    Strongly Favor 58%
    Somewhat Favor 7%
    Somewhat Oppose 9%
    Strongly Oppose 23%
    Don’t Know/Refuse 2%
  20. As you know, there was an election for state and federal offices in November. Many people we have spoken to did not happen to vote. How about you? Did you happen to vote in this year’s election, or were you unable, like many others, to make it to the polls?
    Yes, voted 80%
    No, did not vote 20%
  21. Now, some people decide early in a campaign how they will vote. Others make their decisions just before the election. When would you say you made your FINAL decision on which candidate you were going to vote for?
    On election day 7%
    During the last few days before the election 16%
    During the last two weeks in October 22%
    During the first two weeks in October 12%
    In September 17%
    Before September 25%
  22. In the election for North Carolina State Legislature for whom did you vote between…
    The Republican candidate 50%
    The Democratic candidate 39%
    The third party candidate 1%
    Refused/did not vote 9%
  23. And, although the next election isn’t until 2012… If the election for GOVERNOR were being held today, for whom would you vote if the candidates were Pat McCrory, Republican, and Bev Perdue, Democrat?
    Definitely McCrory 35%
    Probably McCrory 17%
    Probably Perdue 14%
    Definitely Perdue 22%
    Undecided/Don’t Know 12%
This article was posted in Poll Results by Civitas Staff on January 17, 2011 at 10:17 AM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    curtis fretwell
    curtis fretwell Feb 04, 2011 at 16:05

    I like what the polls show, I hope the Conservatives remember who put them in office, it wasn’t the rich or the egg heads but the middle class & older workers.

    Curtis

  • 2

    Observer
    Observer Feb 13, 2011 at 9:55

    Even though North Carolina is one of the most ‘liberal’ states in the South, they still are very conservative on the issues:

    – 65% support amending the state constitution to banning gay marriage (58% strongly support it)

    – 71% support the death penalty

    – 84% favor having to have ID to vote (something liberals hate because they want illegals to be able to vote for Dems)

  • 3

    Nancy Roeland
    Nancy Roeland Mar 14, 2011 at 19:45

    I know when I went to vote in the Presidential Election in 2008 I tried to show the gentleman who was handling those starting with R, I tried to show him my voter registration and my driver’s license and he told me he couldn’t look at them. When I insisted that he tell me why he couldn’t look at them, he said it was because he would be fired if he did. Now why did I need a voter registration card if I don’t need to show it to the people at the poles? I was hot and my husband knew I was and he told me to calm down as the man was only doing his job. I was still boiling when we walked out of there.

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