March 2011 Poll Results

This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted March 14-16 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?
    • 33.1%
      Right Direction
    • 51.6%
      Wrong Track
    • 15.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  2. And if the election for State Legislature were held today, would you be voting for the:
    • 43.6%
      Republican candidate
    • 31.1%
      Democratic candidate
    • 8.1%
      Neither
    • 17.2%
      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?
    • 6.4%
      Very Liberal
    • 8.3%
      Somewhat Liberal
    • 34.2%
      Moderate
    • 22.5%
      Somewhat Conservative
    • 25%
      Very Conservative
    • 3.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  4. Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Bev Perdue is doing as Governor?
    • 7.6%
      Strongly Approve
    • 31.7%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 19%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 31.9%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 9.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  5. Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President of the United States?
    • 20.8%
      Strongly Approve
    • 20.8%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 11.9%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 42.1%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 4.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  6. Currently state tax dollars can be used to pay for any abortion. Would you be support or oppose limiting taxpayer funding of abortion to ONLY cases of rape, incest or life of the mother?
    • 43%
      Strongly Support
    • 18.3%
      Somewhat Support
    • 6.1%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 26.6%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  7. Generally speaking, do you think politicians in this state are ethical?
    • 42.5%
      Yes
    • 45.5%
      No
    • 12.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  8. Would you support or oppose the recently introduced Taxpayer Bill of Rights in the North Carolina Legislature that would limit the growth of state spending to the average of Inflation and Population increase over the last three years, create an emergency reserve trust fund to support state spending if there is a shortfall, and require a two thirds vote of the legislature to spend in excess of the limitation in any given year.
    • 38.5%
      Strongly Support
    • 29.4%
      Somewhat Support
    • 7.8%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 9.1%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 15.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  9. Currently North Carolina does not require voters to show a government issued photo ID to vote. The legislature is considering legislation to require all voters to show a photo ID when voting. Would requiring voters to show a photo ID improve the integrity and security of voting in North Carolina or have no effect on voting in North Carolina?
    • 71.1%
      Improve security
    • 24.1%
      No effect
    • 4.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  10. Opponents of requiring a photo ID to vote in North Carolina say it would cost too much and that the state can’t afford it. The major costs in implementing a photo ID to increase voting security are to give voters who don’t drive or have another ID a free ID and publicize the new requirement to the voting public as required by the US Supreme Court. In light of the federal requirements what do you think is reasonable for North Carolina to spend in order to implement a Photo ID to vote requirement?
    • 34.5%
      Under 1 million dollars
    • 10.1%
      Between 1 and 2 million dollars
    • 4%
      Between 3 and 5 million dollars
    • 3.3%
      Between 5 and 10 million dollars
    • 3.6%
      Over 10 million dollars
    • 21.2%
      Nothing
    • 3.3%
      Other
    • 20%
      Don't Know/Refused
  11. The legislature is expected to pass a law requiring a government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, passport or military ID, before being allowed cast a vote in an election. They will also provide an ID free to anyone who can prove citizenship but cannot afford an ID. But Governor Perdue might VETO this bill. With that in mind, are you more in agreement with...
    • 60.8%
      The legislature, who wants to pass this bill
    • 31.6%
      Governor Perdue, who wants to veto this bill
    • 7.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  12. If Governor Perdue vetoed a bill requiring a government issued photo identification card to vote would that make you more or less likely to vote for her in 2012 for re-election?To those answering "The Legislature" to the previous question
    • 3.1%
      Much more likely
    • 2.7%
      Somewhat more likely
    • 13.8%
      Somewhat less likely
    • 42.8%
      Much less likely
    • 32.1%
      No Difference
    • 5.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  13. The Protect Health Care Freedom Act would have made it illegal to require any North Carolinian to purchase health insurance, or punish anyone for not buying it. It also would have required the Attorney General to defend any state citizen against federal lawsuits stemming from the mandate. Governor Perdue has vetoed this Act. With that in mind, are you more in agreement with...
    • 50.2%
      The legislature, who passed this bill
    • 37.5%
      Governor Perdue, who vetoed this bill
    • 12.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  14. Does Governor Perdue veto of the Protect Health Care Freedom Act, make you more or less likely to vote for her in 2012 for re-election?To those answering "The Legislature" to the previous question
    • 2.6%
      Much more likely
    • 3.7%
      Somewhat more likely
    • 14.8%
      Somewhat less likely
    • 47.4%
      Much less likely
    • 25.9%
      No Difference
    • 5.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  15. The North Carolina legislature is considering a bill that would allow North Carolina voters to vote on amending the state constitution to say marriage is only between a man and a woman. Do you support or oppose allowing North Carolina Voters to vote on this constitutional amendment?
    • 53.6%
      Strongly Support
    • 13.2%
      Somewhat Support
    • 5.5%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 21.5%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 6.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  16. Some cities want to build broadband systems to deliver internet content to homes and businesses. This system would be controlled by the city and could be supported by property and other city taxes as well as additional debt to build the systems. City officials say this is needed to compete with the private systems that they feel are not doing a good job. Would you support or oppose cities doing this?
    • 14.7%
      Strongly Support
    • 14.9%
      Somewhat Support
    • 14.4%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 44.6%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 10.6%
      Don't Know/No Opinion
    • 0.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  17. 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 allows an injured party to collect economic damages for occurrences such as the loss of a limb, paralysis, or even death due to medical malpractice including lost wages, the cost of ongoing medical care or assistance, and other actual damages BUT limits non-economic damages to five hundred thousand dollars?
    • 41.2%
      Strongly Support
    • 21.5%
      Somewhat Support
    • 8.4%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 19%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 9.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  18. Do you think the public education system in North Carolina is better or worse than other states?
    • 26.1%
      Better
    • 18.2%
      About the same
    • 39.8%
      Worse
    • 15.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  19. Which strategy do you think would be more effective at improving public education in North Carolina?
    • 27.1%
      Increasing government spending on the current system
    • 56.4%
      Allowing parents more choice over which school their child can attend
    • 7.4%
      Other
    • 9.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  20. School Principals are held responsible for their students and their school. Would you support or oppose giving principals expanded authority to hire and remove faculty and more discretion in setting salary levels for their school’s personnel.
    • 44.1%
      Strongly Support
    • 25.3%
      Somewhat Support
    • 8.6%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 15.4%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 6.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  21. The North Carolina Association of Educators represents public school employees and is affiliated with the National Association of Educators, the national teachers union. In 2008 the N.C.A.E and N.E.A spent millions of dollars supporting Bev Perdue for Governor and are now criticizing the North Carolina legislature’s current attempts at education reform such as increasing the number of public charter schools available in the state. With that in mind, please tell me which of the following comes closer to your own opinions
    • 27.8%
      Some people say that they trust the N.C.A.E. to do the right thing and give both educators and our children a strong voice.
    • 54%
      Other people say that they do not trust the N.C.A.E. because they are making too many demands and seem to be more concerned with increasing their membership and raising their political clout, not with educating our children.
    • 18.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  22. Teachers can receive tenure after teaching for four years. Tenure means a teacher has a job essentially for life and can only be removed for very specific reasons. When reducing staff due to budget cuts teachers last hired are usually first fired without regard for performance due to tenure requirements. Do you support or oppose the concept of teacher tenure?
    • 15.4%
      Strongly Support
    • 11.7%
      Somewhat Support
    • 16.7%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 49.1%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 7.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  23. The state of North Carolina gives an Earned Income Tax Credit for lower income taxpayers. The EITC cancels out any tax liability for the taxpayer so they pay no state income tax. If the credit exceeds the tax the taxpayer would owe, the state gives a cash payment to the taxpayer for the rest of the credit. Last year this expense for North Carolina totaled almost $100 million. Do you agree or disagree with the state giving a cash payment in excess of income taxes paid to lower income taxpayers?
    • 15.4%
      Strongly Agree
    • 12.9%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 17%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 42%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 12.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  24. Do you think all taxpayers should pay some income tax to support state services?
    • 73.4%
      Yes
    • 20.2%
      No
    • 6.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  25. Would you support or oppose a state constitutional amendment limiting the leader of the state senate and speaker of the state house to three two year terms?
    • 52.6%
      Strongly Support
    • 22.3%
      Somewhat Support
    • 6.1%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 8.6%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 10.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  26. Would you support or oppose having the governor and lieutenant governor run as a team like the president and vice president?
    • 30.2%
      Strongly Support
    • 22.1%
      Somewhat Support
    • 14.4%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 16.9%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 16.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  27. Are you or is any member of your family currently unemployed and would like to be employed?
    • 8.9%
      Yes, I am unemployed
    • 11.4%
      Yes, family member is
    • 2.3%
      Yes, both myself and a family member
    • 73.4%
      No
    • 4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  28. First, in what year were you born?
    • 2.8%
      18-25
    • 13.9%
      26-40
    • 31.1%
      41-55
    • 18.5%
      56-65
    • 26%
      66+
    • 7.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  29. In terms of your current employment status, would you say you…
    • 9.4%
      Are self-employed
    • 27.9%
      Work for a private company
    • 1.8%
      Work for the federal government
    • 5.8%
      Work for state or local government
    • 5.8%
      Work in public education
    • 5.8%
      Are a Homemaker
    • 28.9%
      Are Retired
    • 7.9%
      Are Unemployed
    • 6.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  30. Which category best describes your race or ethnicity?
    • 81.7%
      White or Caucasian
    • 13.1%
      African-American or Black
    • 0.8%
      Hispanic or Latino
    • 1.2%
      Native American
    • 0.5%
      Asian or Pacific Islander
    • 0.3%
      Middle Eastern
    • 0.7%
      Other
    • 1.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  31. Would you consider the area you live in to be...
    • 21.5%
      Urban
    • 40%
      Suburban
    • 33.1%
      Rural
    • 5.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  32. Gender
    • 48.4%
      Men
    • 51.6%
      Women
  33. Geographic area
    • 22.8%
      Charlotte
    • 13.1%
      Western
    • 20.2%
      Piedmont Triad
    • 21.2%
      Triangle
    • 8.6%
      Northeast
    • 14.2%
      Southeast
  34. Party Registration
    • 37.2%
      Republican
    • 41.2%
      Democrat
    • 21.7%
      Independent/Other

This article was posted in Poll Results by Civitas Staff on April 13, 2011 at 5:00 AM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    Jim Hysong
    Jim Hysong Apr 13, 2011 at 8:12

    Am surprised at disparity between the Party Registration and the liberal/conservative/moderate breakdown. The 14% advantage by Dems vs. Republicans would clearly skew results. Although, it would seem to follow that the Unaffiliated/Other may lean more conservative, it still seems unbalanced. It is a bit reassuring, however, that these results are reflected by a Dem majority. Wonder what the results would be if the party affiliations were reversed. Regardless, I am sad to see such a liberal/leftist influence in the state of NC!

  • 2

    mike O’Shea
    mike O'Shea Apr 13, 2011 at 9:11

    Enjoyed the fact that most people surveyed agree with me. I just think it is bad that it is mostly Caucasian take the survey. I was glad to see it was more Democrat’s than Republican’s survey since I’m a Republican and the survey still came out the way I think.

  • 3

    Daniel Suggs
    Daniel Suggs Apr 13, 2011 at 10:32

    Mike O’Shea said: “I just think it is bad that it is mostly Caucasian take the survey.” The population of NC is 74% caucasian and 21% black per the latest census data. So the survey is very representative of the general population.

  • 4

    curtis fretwell
    curtis fretwell Apr 13, 2011 at 11:30

    I LIKE THE RESULTS,THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR DEMOCRACY IN THE STATE
    THE “WILL OF THE PEOPLE” & THE TEA PARTY MAY RESTORE MAJORITY RULE IN SPITE OF THE NEWS PAPER & TV.
    WE CAN THANK OUR CELL PHONE & THE INTERNET THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO
    RELY ON THE TV & PAPER FOR OR NEWS.

  • 5

    Karen
    Karen Apr 13, 2011 at 11:44

    This was interesting in that Democrats apparently responded quite conservativly and many folks still know what’s good for us and what’s not working. So…this begs the question: how come the political leaders don’t know and won’t listen to the people? All the more reason term limits MUST come to be.

  • 6

    Pete
    Pete Apr 13, 2011 at 15:16

    I,m from California and it,s a mess,it used to be the land of opertunity here, not any more,glad to see that not all the states are going down the tubes like we are here, the tea party is like a breath of fresh air,they might not have a solution but they sure have spunk! it will take time but i think we have finally turned the corner,your poll certainly indicates that!

  • 7

    Larry Keller
    Larry Keller Apr 14, 2011 at 8:55

    Arriving at conclusions based on surveys can be difficult. However, Civitas appears to have provided some interesting information especially with 57% of the participants registered as either Democrats or Independents. There are some conservative democrats lurking in this data and independents clearly tilting the results towards the conservative camp. As a registered republican and a person who prefers to deal with facts, this was an instructive process.

  • 8

    TJ
    TJ Apr 27, 2011 at 19:09

    Apparently you don’t have a proofreader on staff. You look bad releasing polls or other statements with errors in grammar.

    Is there a difference between questions 10 and 12? Question 12 talks about an “expected” vote and a possible veto, but the choices indicate that the veto has happened. Perhaps this poll indicates that the teachers’ organization IS more interested in its own power than in educating our children (assuming the writer of the poll is a graduate of NC schools, that is).

  • 9

    Doug Swaim
    Doug Swaim May 16, 2011 at 17:44

    From your “polling company’s” wedsite:

    “Opinion measurement helps you understand your audience. Opinion management helps you win campaigns, trials and market share. National Research Inc. is in the opinion management business.

    You need to ask the right questions. You need to survey the right audience. And you need to make sure you are using the results to your maximum benefit. We’ve got you covered.”

    I don’t understand why you would use an “opinion management firm” instead of a respected independent polling organization?

    I don’t understand why you would poll only 1% Hispanics when they make up 7.7% of our population. Oh, wait, I guess your “opinion management” company decided they were not the “right audience”.

    You guys are a joke!

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