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January 2011 Poll Results

Poll methodology: This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted January 19-20 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?
    • 33%
      Right Direction
    • 54.2%
      Wrong Track
    • 12.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  2. And if the election for State Legislature were held today, would you be voting for the:
    • 44%
      Republican candidate
    • 34.2%
      Democratic candidate
    • 6.7%
      Neither
    • 15.1%
      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?
    • 5.4%
      Very Liberal
    • 9%
      Somewhat Liberal
    • 33%
      Moderate
    • 22%
      Somewhat Conservative
    • 24.6%
      Very Conservative
    • 5.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  4. Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President of the United States?
    • 27.8%
      Strongly Approve
    • 17.4%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 11.2%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 37.1%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 6.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  5. Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Bev Perdue is doing as Governor?
    • 14.3%
      Strongly Approve
    • 30.4%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 18.6%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 26.3%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 10.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  6. If the Democratic Primary election for Governor of North Carolina were held today, for whom would you vote: Bev Perdue or a Different Democrat? Asked of Democrats and Unaffiliateds
    • 15.2%
      Definitely Perdue
    • 13.7%
      Probably Perdue
    • 2.3%
      Lean Perdue
    • 27.9%
      Undecided
    • 6.5%
      Lean different Democrat
    • 12.9%
      Probably different Democrat
    • 14.7%
      Definitely different Democrat
    • 6.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  7. As you may know, the new federal healthcare reform bill was signed into law last year. Given what you know about the new health care law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?
    • 20%
      Very Favorable
    • 20.9%
      Somewhat Favorable
    • 11.7%
      Somewhat Unfavorable
    • 38.9%
      Very Unfavorable
    • 6.2%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 0.5%
      Never heard of
    • 1.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  8. A number of state legislatures have passed or are considering laws to protect the rights of patients to pay directly for medical services, and prohibit forcing citizens into participating in a health insurance plan. Should the North Carolina Legislature pass such a law to protect the rights of North Carolina citizens?
    • 61.9%
      Yes
    • 25%
      No
    • 13.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  9. Are you familiar with the Smart Start program’s services in childcare subsidies and other childhood related activities?
    • 59.1%
      Yes
    • 39.2%
      No
    • 1.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  10. Smart Start has a budget of 194 million dollars and receives 90 percent of its funding from the taxpayers of North Carolina. They provide childcare subsidies for needy working families to daycare providers, and fund development programs aimed at early childhood. There are currently 47,000 eligible children on a waiting list for childcare subsidies. If cuts have to be made to Smart Start, which of the following should be protected and NOT cut?
    • 34.8%
      Child care subsidies
    • 32%
      Childhood development funding
    • 5.6%
      Both
    • 17.1%
      Neither
    • 0.7%
      Raise taxes to support
    • 9.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  11. In order to save the state money and balance the budget, sometimes lawmakers have to make tough decisions. In your opinion, which of the following options would be the BEST way for the state to save money?
    • 39.9%
      Cut all state employees and teachers pay by 5% to save 650 million dollars
    • 24.3%
      Eliminate all state funded Teachers Assistants positions about 18,000 positions to save about 400 million dollars
    • 2.5%
      Raise Taxes in order to avoid cuts
    • 23.3%
      None of these
    • 2.5%
      All of these
    • 7.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  12. If you have to choose between cutting all state employees and teachers pay by 5% to save 650 million dollars or cut 5% of the state work force to save the same amount of money, which would you choose?
    • 31.5%
      Cut all state employees' and teachers' pay by 5%
    • 49.3%
      Cut the state workforce by 5%
    • 10.7%
      Neither
    • 2.3%
      Both
    • 6.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  13. And out of these options, in your opinion, which of the following would be the BEST way for the state to save money?
    • 24%
      Eliminate all state funding for non-profits
    • 41.9%
      Cut state funding for other government services
    • 18.7%
      Raise state taxes by about $500 million dollars
    • 5.1%
      None of these
    • 1.3%
      All of these
    • 9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  14. In your opinion, do you think that North Carolina should stop funding private organizations like The North Carolina Rural Center, The Health and Wellness fund and the Golden Leaf Foundation or should the state raise taxes by about 500 million dollars to continue funding them?
    • 66.7%
      Stop funding
    • 14.9%
      Raise taxes to fund
    • 1.5%
      Other
    • 16.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  15. Would you support or oppose the following proposals: Allow 16 and 17 years olds to register to vote?
    • 8.7%
      Strongly Support
    • 7.7%
      Somewhat Support
    • 16.1%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 66.3%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 1.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  16. Allowing unregistered people to register and vote on the same day?
    • 21.8%
      Strongly Support
    • 14%
      Somewhat Support
    • 13.6%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 47.8%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 2.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  17. Using taxpayer dollars to fund politician’s campaigns?
    • 8.4%
      Strongly Support
    • 6.1%
      Somewhat Support
    • 9.7%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 73.4%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 2.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  18. Eliminate all straight ticket voting in North Carolina?
    • 22.2%
      Strongly Support
    • 11.2%
      Somewhat Support
    • 20%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 37.9%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 8.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  19. Legalizing video poker in North Carolina?
    • 14.4%
      Strongly Support
    • 17.6%
      Somewhat Support
    • 13.6%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 46.8%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 7.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  20. Identifying Judicial Candidates by party on the election ballot?
    • 48.8%
      Strongly Support
    • 20%
      Somewhat Support
    • 8.5%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 15.8%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 6.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  21. Saving 14 million dollars by eliminating state funding for public television?
    • 28.1%
      Strongly Support
    • 16.6%
      Somewhat Support
    • 18.1%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 31.9%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 5.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  22. Eliminate positions in state government that have been vacant for over 90 days?
    • 47.9%
      Strongly Support
    • 22.8%
      Somewhat Support
    • 10.5%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 9%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 9.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  23. Would you support eliminating the North Carolina personal income tax, the corporate tax and reducing the state sales tax rate, and then to make up for lost revenue, applying the reduced sales tax rate to a broader range of fees, services and products that are not currently taxed, such as attorney’s fees, haircuts, landscaping and other services?
    • 16.4%
      Yes, strongly support
    • 20.5%
      Yes, somewhat support
    • 51.2%
      No
    • 11.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  24. According to government officials and some economists the economic recession has officially ended. Do you agree or disagree with that statement?
    • 5.3%
      Strongly Agree
    • 12%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 19.7%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 61.1%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  25. In your own opinion, how much longer do you think it will take for the economy to improve and the recession to end?Asked of those disagreeing with the previous question
    • 0.6%
      Under 6 months
    • 8.9%
      Between 6 months and a year
    • 24.6%
      Between 1 and 2 years
    • 60.8%
      Over 2 years
    • 5.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  26. As you may know, North Carolina currently has a system of government controlled ABC stores to sell liquor. Should the state get out of the business of selling liquor and regulate it like it does beer and wine sales?
    • 56%
      Should get out of business
    • 33%
      Should continue using ABC stores
    • 11%
      Don't Know/Refused
  27. On social issues do you generally consider yourself conservative, moderate or liberal?
    • 18.1%
      Liberal
    • 34.5%
      Moderate
    • 43.5%
      Conservative
    • 3.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  28. In what year were you born?
    • 3.3%
      18-25
    • 19.9%
      26-40
    • 28.2%
      41-55
    • 18.2%
      56-65
    • 27.4%
      66+
    • 3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  29. In your current employment status, are you:
    • 11.2%
      Self-Employed
    • 28.9%
      Work for a private company
    • 12.5%
      Work for Government
    • 5.9%
      Spouse (housewife)
    • 29.2%
      Retired
    • 9.2%
      Unemployed
    • 3.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  30. Which category best describes your race or ethnicity?
    • 78.3%
      White or Caucasian
    • 16.4%
      African-American or Black
    • 0.5%
      Hispanic or Latino
    • 1.3%
      Native American
    • 0.5%
      Asian or Pacific Islander
    • 0.2%
      Middle Eastern
    • 0.8%
      Other
    • 2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  31. Gender
    • 46.6%
      Men
    • 53.4%
      Women
  32. Geographic area
    • 22.2%
      Charlotte
    • 12.5%
      Western
    • 20.2%
      Piedmont Triad
    • 23%
      Triangle
    • 8.2%
      Northeast
    • 13.8%
      Southeast
  33. Party Registration
    • 36.3%
      Republican
    • 44%
      Democrat
    • 19.7%
      Independent/Other

This article was posted in Poll Results by Civitas Staff on February 9, 2011 at 9:07 AM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    david
    david Feb 09, 2011 at 9:17

    Very interesting results with q3 paired up against q4. I think it is all about spinning the actions into a different message. People are swayed by the message and do not see or maybe don’t understand the actions. So far, Obama is masterful at spinning.

  • 2

    Abe Andes
    Abe Andes Feb 09, 2011 at 9:18

    Good job!

  • 3

    john
    john Feb 09, 2011 at 9:39

    As an ostensible “Blue state” (based on voter registration rolls) I’m surprised by the fiscally and socially conservative results revealed by this poll. “Keep hope alive””

  • 4

    hobbybob
    hobbybob Feb 09, 2011 at 11:28

    These results are even more amazing when you see that 47% of those polled were democrats (to just 34% republicans).

  • 5

    Howard Miner
    Howard Miner Feb 09, 2011 at 11:46

    I agree with Hobbybob, very surprising when you compare the results with voter registration numbers. Very good survey. Keep up the good work.

  • 6

    Kelly
    Kelly Feb 09, 2011 at 16:40

    Thanks for the survey. This type of info is beyond broadcasts of
    news.
    Questions:
    Do we the people determine acceptability of government, or do the employees we place on the job make those decisions?
    Doesn’t this survey make a very important statement?
    Are these presentations only a conversation piece to converse with others about at the next social gathering?
    Is the act of casting a vote my only allowed input pertaining to directions of the country or the state?

  • 7

    Pat C
    Pat C Feb 10, 2011 at 10:54

    I don’t think there should be any parties listed on any ballot in any election. That forces voters to research the candidates and cast an informed vote.
    Great survey…will pass it on…

  • 8

    Lloyd
    Lloyd Feb 10, 2011 at 20:53

    Great, revealing survey. It is also timely, with what is happening in state government. At some point, let’s hope that politicians start listening to their constituents.

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