July 2011 Poll Results

This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted July 12-13, 2011 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 at least one of the past three general elections (2006, 2008, 2010) or be newly registered to vote since November 2, 2010.

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 at least one of the past three general elections or is newly registered since November 2, 2010.

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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?
    • 27.6%
      Right Direction
    • 60.1%
      Wrong Track
    • 12.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  2. And if the election for State Legislature were held today, would you be voting for the:
    • 38.7%
      Republican candidate
    • 36.5%
      Democratic candidate
    • 7%
      Neither
    • 17.8%
      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%
      Very Liberal
    • 11%
      Somewhat Liberal
    • 39.2%
      Moderate
    • 23.3%
      Somewhat Conservative
    • 18.8%
      Very Conservative
    • 2.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  4. 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 have never heard of that person, just tell me and we’ll go on to the next one… the first one is: Bev Perdue
    • 13%
      Very Favorable
    • 29.9%
      Somewhat Favorable
    • 19.4%
      Somewhat Unfavorable
    • 27.7%
      Very Unfavorable
    • 6.5%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 3.5%
      Never heard of
  5. Phil Berger:
    • 1.3%
      Very Favorable
    • 5%
      Somewhat Favorable
    • 3.7%
      Somewhat Unfavorable
    • 3%
      Very Unfavorable
    • 19.8%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 67.3%
      Never heard of
  6. Thom Tillis:
    • 1.5%
      Very Favorable
    • 4%
      Somewhat Favorable
    • 3.2%
      Somewhat Unfavorable
    • 3.7%
      Very Unfavorable
    • 15.3%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 72.4%
      Never heard of
  7. Joe Hackney:
    • 2.5%
      Very Favorable
    • 6.3%
      Somewhat Favorable
    • 3.8%
      Somewhat Unfavorable
    • 1.5%
      Very Unfavorable
    • 18.8%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 67.1%
      Never heard of
  8. Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President of the United States?
    • 24.9%
      Strongly Approve
    • 18.6%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 12.5%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 40.4%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 3.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  9. If the Republican Primary for Governor were being held today to determine the Republican Nominee for Governor, would you vote for Pat McCrory or someone else? Asked of registered Republicans and unaffiliateds
    • 20.4%
      Definitely McCrory
    • 17.6%
      Probably McCrory
    • 4.2%
      Lean McCrory
    • 34.2%
      Undecided
    • 1.9%
      Lean someone else
    • 10.5%
      Probably someone else
    • 6.4%
      Definitely someone else
    • 4.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  10. If the Democratic Primary for Governor were being held today to determine the Democratic Nominee for Governor, would you vote for Bev Perdue or someone else?Asked of registered Democrats and Unaffiliateds
    • 22.7%
      Definitely Perdue
    • 13%
      Probably Perdue
    • 4.6%
      Lean Perdue
    • 17.9%
      Undecided
    • 2.2%
      Lean someone else
    • 10.9%
      Probably someone else
    • 26.8%
      Definitely someone else
    • 1.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  11. If the election for Governor were held today and you had to make a choice, for whom would you vote if the candidates were: Pat McCrory, the Republican or Bev Perdue, the Democrat?
    • 35.9%
      Definitely McCrory
    • 14.6%
      Probably McCrory
    • 1.5%
      Lean McCrory
    • 9.6%
      Undecided
    • 1.3%
      Lean Perdue
    • 9%
      Probably Perdue
    • 26.6%
      Definitely Perdue
    • 1.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  12. If the Republican Primary for President of the United States were being held today to determine the Republican Nominee for President, who would you vote for if the candidates were... Asked of registered Republicans and Unaffiliateds
    • 22%
      Mitt Romney
    • 3.2%
      Tim Pawlenty
    • 5.1%
      Newt Gingrich
    • 12.8%
      Michele Bachmann
    • 8%
      Ron Paul
    • 0.3%
      Rick Santorum
    • 9.6%
      Herman Cain
    • 10.2%
      Rick Perry
    • 0.6%
      Chris Christie
    • 1.6%
      Other
    • 26.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  13. If the Democratic Primary for President of the United States were being held today to determine the Democratic Nominee for President, would you vote for Barack Obama or someone else?Asked of registered Democrats and Unaffiliateds
    • 46.4%
      Definitely Obama
    • 5.6%
      Probably Obama
    • 0.5%
      Lean Obama
    • 8.9%
      Undecided
    • 3.1%
      Lean someone else
    • 8.9%
      Probably someone else
    • 25.1%
      Definitely someone else
    • 1.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  14. If the election for President of the United States were being held today and you had to make a choice, for whom would you vote if the candidates were: Rick Perry, the Republican, and Barack Obama, the Democrat?
    • 34.6%
      Definitely Perry
    • 9.6%
      Probably Perry
    • 1.3%
      Lean Perry
    • 10.3%
      Undecided
    • 1.2%
      Lean Obama
    • 5.3%
      Probably Obama
    • 36%
      Definitely Obama
    • 1.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  15. North Carolina has 300,000 less jobs than it did since the start of the recession in December 2007. With that in mind, from the following list, who is the most responsible for the policies that can restore those jobs?
    • 15.6%
      Washington politicians - the president and Congress
    • 14.3%
      State politicians - Governor Perdue and the North Carolina General Assembly
    • 56%
      Both Washington politicians and North Carolina politicians are equally responsible
    • 6.5%
      Local government
    • 1.7%
      Other
    • 2.2%
      None of these
    • 3.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  16. From the following list who is most responsible for the financial crisis that our nation is suffering?
    • 62.6%
      Government
    • 26.7%
      Business
    • 10.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  17. The Cherokee Native American reservation in Western North Carolina has a gambling casino. The gambling games it currently offers are all played on electronic machines. There is a proposal to allow the Cherokees to have live dealer games such as blackjack and roulette like they have in Las Vegas. Would you support the state of North Carolina allowing the Cherokees to offer live dealer games like blackjack, poker, roulette and other games?
    • 36.2%
      Strongly Support
    • 26.1%
      Somewhat Support
    • 7.1%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 19.6%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 11%
      Don't Know/Refused
  18. Which of the following statements comes closer to your opinion when it comes to allowing live dealer games at the Cherokee Native American Reservation?
    • 25.6%
      Some people say that allowing live dealer games will contribute to an increase in problem gambling, lead to increased crime and other social problems and will not be worth the additional costs imposed on society and families.
    • 62.1%
      Other people cite a UNC study funded by the Cherokees which states that by allowing the casino to add dealers and table games they may create up to 400 jobs, and increase demand for services like dining and hotels and would allow the North Carolina casinos to compete on a level playing field with out of state casinos.
    • 1.8%
      Don't care
    • 10.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  19. The Legislature recently passed a state budget that eliminated North Carolina’s $2.5 Billion budget deficit, added 1,100 new teachers over two years to decrease class size in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and lowered taxes by $1 billion. Some of the savings came from reducing spending and the number of state employee positions, though some of those positions are currently vacant. With that in mind, Would you be more or less likely to vote for a legislator who voted for this budget?
    • 27.2%
      Much more likely
    • 28.1%
      Somewhat more likely
    • 14%
      Somewhat less likely
    • 16.9%
      Much less likely
    • 4%
      No Difference
    • 9.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  20. Would you be more or less likely to vote for a governor who vetoed this budget?
    • 14.5%
      Much more likely
    • 14.6%
      Somewhat more likely
    • 24.1%
      Somewhat less likely
    • 29.9%
      Much less likely
    • 5.8%
      No Difference
    • 11.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  21. The state legislature passed a bill called "A Woman's Right to Know" that would require a woman be provided information about an abortion, view an ultrasound of the fetus, and institute a 24 hour waiting period before having the abortion. The legislation is similar to requirements that 32 other states already have. Governor Perdue vetoed this bill saying “This bill is a dangerous intrusion into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors." Do you agree or disagree with Governor Perdue's Veto of the "A Woman's Right to Know" Bill?
    • 33.6%
      Strongly Agree
    • 11.1%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 9.6%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 39.4%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 6.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  22. Would you be more or less likely to vote for a legislator who voted to override or overturn this veto?
    • 25.4%
      Much more likely
    • 14.6%
      Somewhat more likely
    • 15.9%
      Somewhat less likely
    • 30.1%
      Much less likely
    • 5.6%
      No Difference
    • 8.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  23. Recently, Governor Perdue vetoed a bill requiring a government issued photo ID be shown when voting. If a person could not afford an ID one would be given to them at no charge. Do you agree or disagree with Governor Perdue's veto of the bill requiring a government issued photo ID to vote?
    • 24.6%
      Strongly Agree
    • 11.6%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 12.6%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 46.7%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 4.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  24. Would you be more or less likely to vote for a legislator who voted to override or overturn Governor Perdue's veto of the bill requiring a government issued photo ID be shown when voting?
    • 35.5%
      Much more likely
    • 19.6%
      Somewhat more likely
    • 14.3%
      Somewhat less likely
    • 20.1%
      Much less likely
    • 6%
      No Difference
    • 4.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  25. Recently the state legislature passed the Medical Malpractice reform legislation that capped the amount of “pain and suffering” damages that could be awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit, while still allowing economic damages, future medical care and personal expenses to be awarded in the full amount. Supporters say this bill will lower health care costs and increase the number of doctors practicing in high risk areas such as delivering babies. Opponents say limiting the amount of non-economic damages is unfair and the amount that is given should be left up to juries. Governor Perdue vetoed this bill. Do you agree or disagree with Governor Perdue's veto of the medical malpractice reform legislation?
    • 21.8%
      Strongly Agree
    • 12.8%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 20.1%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 33.7%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 11.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  26. Would you be more or less likely to vote for a legislator who voted to override or overturn this veto?
    • 28.7%
      Much more likely
    • 21.1%
      Somewhat more likely
    • 13.8%
      Somewhat less likely
    • 18.6%
      Much less likely
    • 7.3%
      No Difference
    • 10.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  27. The state legislature passed the “Energy Jobs Act,” that would encourage more oil and natural gas exploration in North Carolina as well as expand energy-related industries and jobs. Governor Perdue vetoed this bill, stating it infringed on the powers assigned to the governor by requiring her to work with other states and the NC legislature on energy exploration options. Supporters say the bill would lead to more affordable and clean energy while also creating new jobs. Opponents say the bill would allow offshore drilling and the natural gas exploration that they feel is hazardous to the environment. Governor Perdue vetoed this bill. Do you agree or disagree with Governor Perdue's Veto of the "Energy Jobs Act"?
    • 19.6%
      Strongly Agree
    • 11.6%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 17.8%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 39.9%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 11.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  28. Would you be more or less likely to vote for a legislator who voted to override or overturn this veto?
    • 36.2%
      Much more likely
    • 19.1%
      Somewhat more likely
    • 11.8%
      Somewhat less likely
    • 18.4%
      Much less likely
    • 5.3%
      No Difference
    • 9.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  29. Would you support or oppose raising the government's debt limit while also making deep cuts in spending on federal programs?
    • 37.5%
      Support
    • 29.6%
      Oppose - oppose raising debt limit
    • 16.6%
      Oppose - oppose deep cuts in federal spending
    • 6.1%
      No opinion/neither/other
    • 10.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  30. Regardless of your party affiliation do you:
    • 13.3%
      Always Vote Democrat
    • 24.3%
      Vote Democrat more often than Republican
    • 30.7%
      Vote Republican more often than Democrat
    • 7.5%
      Always Vote Republican
    • 17.3%
      Both Equally - Split Ticket
    • 7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  31. Do you support or oppose the Tea Party Movement?
    • 19.4%
      Strongly Support
    • 21.9%
      Somewhat Support
    • 8.8%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 27.4%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 22.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  32. In what year were you born?
    • 3.8%
      18-25
    • 16.8%
      26-40
    • 28.9%
      41-55
    • 18.3%
      56-65
    • 23.9%
      66+
    • 8.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  33. In terms of your current employment status, would you say you…
    • 9.5%
      Are self-employed
    • 28.4%
      Work for a private company
    • 11%
      Work for Government
    • 4.5%
      Are a Spouse (homemaker)
    • 31.4%
      Are Retired
    • 9.1%
      Are Unemployed
    • 6.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  34. Which category best describes your race or ethnicity?
    • 76.7%
      White or Caucasian
    • 16.9%
      African-American or Black
    • 0.5%
      Hispanic or Latino
    • 1.3%
      Native American
    • 0.5%
      Asian or Pacific Islander
    • 2%
      Other
    • 2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  35. What is the highest level of schooling you completed?
    • 2%
      Less than HS Graduate
    • 23.3%
      High School Graduate
    • 20.4%
      2 yr. College/Technical School
    • 32.1%
      4 yr. College Graduate
    • 17.1%
      Post-Graduate
    • 5.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  36. Gender
    • 48.3%
      Men
    • 51.7%
      Women
  37. Geographic area
    • 20.4%
      Charlotte
    • 11.8%
      Western
    • 20.6%
      Piedmont Triad
    • 23.1%
      Triangle
    • 10.1%
      Northeast
    • 14%
      Southeast
  38. Party registration
    • 31.2%
      Republican
    • 48%
      Democrat
    • 20.8%
      Independent/Other

This article was posted in Poll Results by Civitas Staff on August 17, 2011 at 6:00 AM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    Greg Lovejoy
    Greg Lovejoy Aug 17, 2011 at 8:46

    I am disappointed with the results it looks like the country may never get back to what the founders gave us. It seems that a lot of us would sell our freedom for a government check. I hope that I am wrong.

  • 2

    Vagabond
    Vagabond Aug 17, 2011 at 9:45

    it’s plain to see we still have far too many looking for something for nothing. I will vote for whomever runs against Bev Perdue,

  • 3

    Gus Wilgus
    Gus Wilgus Aug 17, 2011 at 10:05

    Slow awakening going on in NC. People are catching on and that means that real change will happen in 2012 at both the State and Federal levels.

  • 4

    john blackwell
    john blackwell Aug 17, 2011 at 10:22

    i find it hard to believe these many people think we are heading in the right direction? but just think if you are getting ( welfare,grants or any other assistance from the government)would you disagree?there is nothing free someone has to pay.as for me i do not like to give my hard earn money to people to lazy to work but to the needy sure.i look at the u.k. if we do not get this under control we will see this happening here.

  • 5

    Bonita Vergara-Jones
    Bonita Vergara-Jones Aug 17, 2011 at 12:47

    I believe that everyone that really wants America back to what our Founding Fathers had wanted this nation to be . . . Must spend five minutes a day saying: “May America regain its sanity and head in the direction of curing its ills”. To what ever you believe in, God, the Universe or mind over matter. “United we stand, divided we fall”. We can put out little fires but this is a BIG one and only UNITED effort will work.

  • 6

    karna
    karna Aug 17, 2011 at 13:14

    From this poll it is apparent too many folks still don’t know what’s happening to us. For instance the case of Boeing being sued because they want to open a new facility in SC where unions don’t have control…that is communism in my opinion…to tell a company where in this country they can and cannot operate. But I guess, like so many other companies, they’ll take their business to China or elsewhere. Yep, the government is creating jobs, but not here.

  • 7

    SC Guy
    SC Guy Aug 17, 2011 at 16:46

    Good to see that North Carolinians would vote for Rick Perry over Obama, even it’s a thin marging and that a majority now disapprove of Obama. Was a little surprised that there was nothing about same-sex marriage.

  • 8

    Jack Mizzelle
    Jack Mizzelle Aug 17, 2011 at 19:28

    It hard to believe about 40% of Americans think Obama is doing a great job. He is doing a great job in destroying this once great nation. I will just ask you one question are you better off today than you were under Bush!!!!

  • 9

    Terry Schnake
    Terry Schnake Aug 20, 2011 at 14:52

    The amount of negative reaction to the “Tea Party Movement” is interesting suggesting that democrat propaganda to demonize the movement is having some impact. How could anyone dislike a “We, the People” movement that stands for lower taxes, smaller, less intrusive government, lower spending and a balanced government budget, and limiting the power of the President and Congress in obedience to the Constitution of the United States. All Americans who love liberty want these things. May God restore to us a Constitutional Republic and the freedoms we once possessed, that we may pass this heritage to our children, and children’s children.

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