September 2011 Poll Results

This poll of 600 likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted September 22-25, 2011 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of likely 2012 general election 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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Crosstabs for people who answered Strongly Support

  1. Do you feel things in North Carolina are generally headed in the right direction or have gotten off on the wrong track?
    • 22%
      Right Direction
    • 65%
      Wrong Track
    • 13.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  2. And if the election for State Legislature were held today, would you be voting for the:
    • 43%
      Republican candidate
    • 24.1%
      Democratic candidate
    • 5.8%
      Neither
    • 27.1%
      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?
    • 6.5%
      Very Liberal
    • 7.9%
      Somewhat Liberal
    • 30.6%
      Moderate
    • 24.3%
      Somewhat Conservative
    • 24.8%
      Very Conservative
    • 5.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  4. Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President of the United States?
    • 20.6%
      Strongly Approve
    • 12.1%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 12.9%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 48.8%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 5.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  5. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bev Perdue is doing as Governor?
    • 15.4%
      Strongly Approve
    • 19.9%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 18%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 36.4%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 10.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  6. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Governor Bev Perdue did in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene?
    • 35.7%
      Strongly Approve
    • 28%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 4.9%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 10.3%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 21%
      Don't Know/Refused
  7. 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 Republicans and Unaffiliateds
    • 15.7%
      Mitt Romney
    • 19.7%
      Rick Perry
    • 7.6%
      Michele Bachmann
    • 4.4%
      Newt Gingrich
    • 3.2%
      Rick Santorum
    • 6.8%
      Ron Paul
    • 7.2%
      Herman Cain
    • 0.8%
      Jon Huntsman
    • 2%
      Other
    • 32.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  8. 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?
    • 40.9%
      Definitely McCrory
    • 8.9%
      Probably McCrory
    • 3.7%
      Lean McCrory
    • 11.2%
      Undecided
    • 2.8%
      Lean Perdue
    • 6.5%
      Probably Perdue
    • 21.7%
      Definitely Perdue
    • 4.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  9. Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment that says: "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State?"
    • 65.2%
      Strongly Support
    • 4.4%
      Somewhat Support
    • 4.9%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 19.4%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 6.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  10. Thinking about the economy, in your opinion, how much longer do you think it will take for the economy to improve and the current recession to end? If you think the current recession has ended just say so.
    • 1.4%
      Under 6 months
    • 2.6%
      Between 6 months and a year
    • 24.1%
      Between 1 and 2 years
    • 64.3%
      Over 2 years
    • 0.2%
      Recession has ended
    • 7.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  11. Now I am going to read you a range of incomes. I want you to stop me when I get to the income level that you believe would make a family wealthy. Would you say a family can be considered wealthy once they consistently earn an annual salary of...
    • 11.7%
      Over $500,000 per year
    • 2.8%
      Over $400,000 per year
    • 5.1%
      Over $300,000 per year
    • 11.4%
      Over $250,000 per year
    • 15.7%
      Over $200,000 per year
    • 11.2%
      Over $150,000 per year
    • 17.3%
      Over $100,000 per year
    • 7.9%
      Over $75,000 per year
    • 6.8%
      Over $50,000 per year
    • 10%
      Don't Know/Refused
  12. Do you think our government should or should not redistribute wealth by increasing taxes on wealthy earners?
    • 49.5%
      Should
    • 43.7%
      Should not
    • 6.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  13. As far as you are concerned, do we have too many rich people in this country, too few, or about the right amount?
    • 19.2%
      Too many
    • 30.4%
      Right amount
    • 28.5%
      Too few
    • 22%
      Don't Know/Refused
  14. To the best of your recollection, which political party is in charge of the North Carolina House and Senate?
    • 48.4%
      The Republican Party
    • 20.1%
      The Democratic Party
    • 15.7%
      It is split
    • 0.5%
      Other
    • 15.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  15. North Carolina's total state tax on gas is adjusted automatically every six months. There used to be a cap on the total tax but there is no longer one. Legislation has been introduced to again cap the gas tax. Do you support or oppose the legislature passing a bill to keep the gas tax from going any higher?
    • 100%
      Strongly Support
  16. 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: Mitt Romney, the Republican, and Barack Obama, the Democrat?
    • 46.5%
      Definitely Romney
    • 7.9%
      Probably Romney
    • 2.6%
      Lean Romney
    • 6.8%
      Undecided
    • 0.5%
      Lean Obama
    • 4%
      Probably Obama
    • 27.8%
      Definitely Obama
    • 4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  17. 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?
    • 47.7%
      Definitely Perry
    • 4.2%
      Probably Perry
    • 3.5%
      Lean Perry
    • 6.3%
      Undecided
    • 1.2%
      Lean Obama
    • 4%
      Probably Obama
    • 29%
      Definitely Obama
    • 4.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  18. Do you agree or disagree that a person who wishes to vote should be required to show photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot?
    • 73.1%
      Strongly Agree
    • 9.1%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 4.4%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 10.5%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 2.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  19. Current North Carolina law allows a person to register to vote, and vote at the same time. Do you support or oppose same day registration?
    • 34.6%
      Strongly Support
    • 14.5%
      Somewhat Support
    • 9.8%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 32.9%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 8.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  20. The legislature is considering eliminating same-day voter registration, in order to give local elections boards more time to verify that registrants meet residence and legal requirements to vote. Opponents claim that this change will make it more difficult for some people to vote, while supporters say it is necessary to protect against election day fraud. Do you support or oppose the elimination of same-day registration?
    • 46.3%
      Strongly Support
    • 14.5%
      Somewhat Support
    • 10%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 22.7%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 6.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  21. Which of the following statements comes closer to your own beliefs:
    • 69.4%
      North Carolina should have strict voting laws that insure that only eligible voters can vote even if it means that some eligible voters are denied
    • 21.3%
      North Carolina should have less strict voting laws so that everyone can vote even if some ineligible voters are able to cast ballots
    • 9.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  22. When it comes to voting, which is more important to you...
    • 68.5%
      Protecting against voter fraud
    • 17.1%
      Increasing voter turnout
    • 11%
      Both
    • 3.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  23. Do you agree disagree with the following statement: "Election fraud ā€“ defined as double-voting, non-citizen voters, or voter impersonation ā€“ is a problem in North Carolina?"
    • 31.3%
      Strongly Agree
    • 18.5%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 8.4%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 12.1%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 29.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  24. Do you support or oppose term limits for members of the North Carolina General Assembly?
    • 67.5%
      Strongly Support
    • 13.8%
      Somewhat Support
    • 5.6%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 3.5%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 9.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  25. There is a proposal to limit the terms that any one legislator can serve as the leader of the state house or state senate. All legislators serve two year terms. How many total two year terms would you say is the most that any one legislator should be in charge of the state house or state senate?
    • 12.6%
      One two-year term (or a total of 2 years)
    • 40%
      Two two-year terms (or a total of 4 years)
    • 20.1%
      Three two-year terms (or a total of 6 years)
    • 14%
      Four two-year terms (or a total of 8 years)
    • 7.7%
      Don't believe there should be a limit
    • 5.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  26. Split Sample

    • The state of North Carolina is considering spending in excess of $30 million on an economic incentive package for a corporation to build a new manufacturing plant. People who oppose spending taxpayers funds in this way refer to this type of spending as "Crony Capitalism" where politicians pick favored companies to give money to. People who support spending the money say it is needed to create jobs. Do you oppose or support economic incentives of this type?
      • 28.1%
        Strongly Support
      • 16.2%
        Somewhat Support
      • 14.3%
        Somewhat Oppose
      • 24.8%
        Strongly Oppose
      • 16.7%
        Don't Know/Refused
    • The state of North Carolina is considering spending in excess of $30 million on an economic incentive package for a corporation to build a new manufacturing plant. People who oppose spending taxpayers funds in this way refer to this type of spending as "Corporate Welfare" where politicians pick favored companies to give money to. People who support spending the money say it is needed to create jobs. Do you oppose or support economic incentives of this type?
      • 32.6%
        Strongly Support
      • 19.3%
        Somewhat Support
      • 8.3%
        Somewhat Oppose
      • 27.1%
        Strongly Oppose
      • 12.8%
        Don't Know/Refused
  27. There is a debate over the issue of school choice in North Carolina. Some people say that giving parents more choices will improve educational outcomes for all students while other people say that taking students away from traditional public schools weakens those schools. Which of the following statements comes closer to your opinion on the issue of school choice and public schools?
    • 63.6%
      Giving parents more choice in K-12 education will improve education for students. North Carolina should move towards allowing more choice in K-12 education for parents and children.
    • 23.1%
      Any legislation that allows parents the ability to move children out of the traditional K-12 public school system will weaken public education.
    • 13.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  28. Regardless of your party affiliation do you:
    • 11.7%
      Always Vote Democrat
    • 18.7%
      Vote Democrat more often than Republican
    • 29.9%
      Vote Republican more often than Democrat
    • 11.2%
      Always Vote Republican
    • 19.9%
      Both Equally - Split Ticket
    • 8.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  29. Do you support or oppose the Tea Party Movement?
    • 22.4%
      Strongly Support
    • 18.9%
      Somewhat Support
    • 7.7%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 27.8%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 23.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  30. In what year were you born?
    • 2.1%
      18-25
    • 12.1%
      26-40
    • 31.8%
      41-55
    • 17.8%
      56-65
    • 29.2%
      66+
    • 7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  31. In terms of your current employment status, would you say you...
    • 9.1%
      Are self-employed
    • 25.7%
      Work for a private company
    • 9.8%
      Work for Government
    • 6.1%
      Are a Spouse (homemaker)
    • 34.8%
      Are Retired
    • 9.3%
      Are Unemployed
    • 5.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  32. And, of the following, how would you describe your current marital status?
    • 63.8%
      Married
    • 2.1%
      Unmarried, but living with my partner
    • 29.4%
      Single/nor married/divorced/widowed
    • 4.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  33. Which category best describes your race or ethnicity?
    • 75.9%
      White or Caucasian
    • 16.8%
      African-American or Black
    • 1.2%
      Hispanic or Latino
    • 1.2%
      Native American
    • 0.5%
      Asian or Pacific Islander
    • 1.4%
      Other
    • 3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  34. What is the highest level of schooling you completed?
    • 5.1%
      Less than HS Graduate
    • 25.5%
      High School Graduate
    • 22.7%
      2 yr. College/Technical School
    • 26.4%
      4 yr. College Graduate
    • 14.7%
      Post-Graduate
    • 5.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  35. Gender
    • 46.3%
      Men
    • 53.7%
      Women
  36. Geographic area
    • 22.2%
      Charlotte
    • 12.2%
      Western
    • 21.5%
      Piedmont Triad
    • 18.3%
      Triangle
    • 10.3%
      Northeast
    • 15.5%
      Southeast
  37. Party registration
    • 38.1%
      Republican
    • 41.8%
      Democrat
    • 20.1%
      Independent/Other

This article was posted in Poll Results by Civitas Staff on October 11, 2011 at 11:00 PM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    Wayne Davis
    Wayne Davis Oct 12, 2011 at 8:00

    you poll DOES NOT reflect the correct balance of what the folks really think in North Carolina and therefore is totally irrelevant, useless. Try getting REAL balance as they currently exist of men/women, black/white, Demcrat/Republican, city/rural, education and age group categories. Your poll doesn’t accurately reflect what really is going on in North Carolina.

  • 2

    Richard
    Richard Oct 12, 2011 at 8:20

    No poll is correct balance unless you poll ALL people in the state. A poll of 1000 people in NC does little BUT it is something to look at.

  • 3

    Jim Sharpe
    Jim Sharpe Oct 12, 2011 at 8:25

    Would like to see “retired” divided; private company/government.

    Also, question(s) pertaining to NC representatives/senators having their own retirement plan.

    Look forward to weekly report. Keep up the good work.

  • 4

    Lewis Guignard
    Lewis Guignard Oct 12, 2011 at 8:40

    I found the answers to question 12 rather curious. 40% of the people think we need to have more ‘wealth redistribution’. The problem in this thinking has to do with HOW. If they believe government should address this issue then they don’t understand the nature of govenment, which indicates a need for better education – which too often depends on government teachers, who learned their economics in liberal colleges where wishful thinking passes as truth.

    And thus the economy spirals down and we all become poorer for it.

  • 5

    sandy mcneal
    sandy mcneal Oct 12, 2011 at 9:09

    40% of the polled think we should have MORE wealth redistribution? That’s shocking! My neighbor does not have a right to what I work to earn….period. That is theft and the government is an enabler. Those folks should read “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat…..it’s online for free and only about 70 pages. It completely explains what the parameters of government are and why redistribution is legalized theft.

  • 6

    Jim Hysong
    Jim Hysong Oct 12, 2011 at 9:12

    Very interesting results … surprised at the % of undecided/refused on each question considering it was a purely optional survey and anonymous. The question that helped pull everything into perspective was the last one. It helped explain the results on many of the questions. The survey is what it is, and is encouraging from the standpoint that many were responding independent of stereotypical partisan politics. The best way to narrow any “innacurracies” would be to increase the sampling (if possible) and make the proportion of respondants by party affiliations to equal actual registered NC percentages. Am amazed at how many actually think that Obama is doing a good job. Just seems to prove that many still place their political party, race, personal identity above the good of our country … or are just simply blind to it.

  • 7

    The Wilmington Watcher
    The Wilmington Watcher Oct 12, 2011 at 10:04

    I think the poll is very accurate – although I agree with the commenter that said a little more division would be helpful – say among those retired from government jobs vs. the private sector – given the largest majority of folks were retired. The largest majority of ages was between 41 and 55 – which is interesting. Seems pretty young to be retired from the private sector. I would have to conclude that we have an inordinate amount of retired state employees responding to this – which explains the huge “strongly oppose” numbers on the tea party question.

  • 8

    Rattlerjake
    Rattlerjake Oct 12, 2011 at 11:15

    I’d like to see separate polls for black (minority) voters and white voters. North Carolina has one of the highest percentages of blacks who are predominantly liberal voters (more than 20% as in the poll). Additionally, most women are extremely liberal in their voting and by breaking it into several different polls you would truly understand why idiots like bho and perdue get elected, and why spreading the wealth is desired.

  • 9

    BigIron
    BigIron Oct 12, 2011 at 11:34

    “The sweat of a man’s brow shall not be taxed!” – ???

    ALL revenues should be raised through a FLAT or FAIR tax only. It is necessary that the amount of taxation MUST (by law and/or amendment) be completely transparent to the public at all times.

    ALL increases in taxation may ONLY occur by the result of a public vote subject to veto only by the Congress or President, state legislature or governor, county commissioners, city council or mayor. This places taxation squarely in the hands of the people with the governmental bodies or the people having the ability to propose a tax increase but with the governmental bodies retaining oversight only.

    No one person or group in employed by the government or the public sector should be allowed to determine their own recompense and all recompense of those who “feed at the public trough” must be a matter of public record.

    The recompense of Congress should consist of a salary only devoid of all other perks and benefits such a health-care or pensions and the amount of recompense should be directly dependent upon the gross GNP. Their salary should drop immediately with the GNP losses but recover only over a period of 5 years with GNP gains.

  • 10

    don yelton
    don yelton Oct 12, 2011 at 11:59

    The high percentage of people that think that wealth should be given to the less wealthy comes from our education system in NC. The system has been and is in most cases a promotion machine for socialistic ideas. Teachers in colleges should have to take a leave of absence and work in industry at least 1 year for every 5 they teach. They would learn more. Instead they live on campus where they are little kings.

  • 11

    Karna
    Karna Oct 12, 2011 at 13:41

    I too was amazed at the percentage who feel the “working, earning, saving people” ought to share more with those unwilling to put forth the effort. That is not to take away Biblical teachings to take care of the widows and the poor…but it is not the government’s job. Putting it to school children: It’s like all those “A’s” you received on your report card? Well you need to give some to the C and D students to even things out. The kid’s reply….No way, I worked really hard for those A’s. How come kids get it but the socialist leaders in DC do not?

  • 12

    MarjoJimbo
    MarjoJimbo Oct 12, 2011 at 13:55

    I am disturbed by the responses to questions 12 and 13. Our government should redistribute MORE income? We already have over 50 percent of the US population taking from our government than giving in. There is no real incentive to change the way things are if you are on the receiving end.

    And then the results for question #14. Who, for heavens sake, do people think is making the money to be redistributed?

  • 13

    John W. LaCava
    John W. LaCava Oct 12, 2011 at 14:21

    The Elois are among us to the tune of 40%. What will happen when all the non-Elois decide they have had enough and become Elois? We will all be ex[ploring our navels with flowers in our hair while drinking the nectar of the gods.

  • 14

    Uncle Dave
    Uncle Dave Oct 12, 2011 at 14:37

    I am disturbed by the answers to # 12 and 13 too! Why should I work to provide income for those who will not work? The more that is redistributed, the fewer there will be who work! Also am disturbed by the large number, in most cases, of “don’t know/refused”. What is their problem? More could be said here!

  • 15

    LkNmn
    LkNmn Oct 13, 2011 at 13:41

    While the results of this poll are a fun read… the demographics of the respondents are not representative of NC voters at large. Consider the demographics of most being white, born between 1941 and 1955, married and retired. Those participants were the most likely to be available to answer a phone survey…

  • 16

    Ron Baugher
    Ron Baugher Oct 15, 2011 at 9:56

    Some see “redistribution” as if our economy were static. All of the money is constantly being redistributed as it is either spent or reinvested. Investing into what actually ‘creates’ income (please read; JOBS) Every new job created both adds to the income side AND removes someone from the ‘TAKE’ side of the ballance. Actually way more than that as one bread winner represents a family of takers. How much of the job production actually stays here in NC or even in the US is also a big factor in our economy. If we had to SPEND 20% more to keep 50% of the production here it would be a win/win thing. Note that I said ‘SPEND’, not ‘TAX’. At least 60% of every tax dollar is lost in burocracy. If more people out of work actually had to get hungry there would be a lot more people figuring a way to find some kind of work. You can’t work your way up in life if you are not first working at all. Are illegals taking up most of those entry level jobs? Enough said about that! You don’t have to argue about WHICH companys to give incentives to if you just stop taking the incintive from them in the form of higher taxes to begin with. Do you really think that ANY busines dosen’t want to GROW? Talk about killing the goose!!!

  • 17

    Richard N. Strube
    Richard N. Strube Oct 18, 2011 at 22:08

    Redistribution will never work. You could give everyone in the state 100,000. and in a years time the ones who where broke before will be broke again standing with there hand out again. Wake up people, everyone is not going to be successfull.We as a people can not protect one from one’s bad choice.Law of nature, the strong will survive.

  • 18

    SoS
    SoS Nov 07, 2011 at 23:44

    I too am absolutely shocked to read that 400 of 1000 North Carolinians (at least, these North Carolinians) believe that: “We ["we" is not defined in the question or answer] need to do more to transfer wealth from the people who have more to those who have less.” (Q12). -AND- that 520 of these same North Carolinians believe: “Our government SHOULD redistribute wealth by increasing taxes on wealthy earners.” (Q13)

    Is it too far a leap to propose that these very sorry Americans, in their willingness (eagerness?) to replace Obama with Romney or Perry, isn’t a confidence vote in Conservative (i.e. American) values? (Not that Romney is Conservative, but he is, compared with the Communist.)

    Rather, they betray themselves: people who depend on others know on which side their bread is buttered: they want to see OTHERS get wealthier so that THEY can steal it.

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