February 2012 Poll Results

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  1. And on a scale of one to ten, how likely do you think you are to vote in North Carolina’s May 8th Primary? One means you are not at all likely to vote, five means there is a 50-50 chance you will vote, and ten means it is certain that you will vote in the Primary on May 8th. Remember you can use any number between one and ten.
    • 72.7%
      10
    • 3.2%
      9
    • 4.5%
      8
    • 2.7%
      7
    • 0.6%
      6
    • 8.9%
      5
    • 0.2%
      4
    • 0.6%
      3
    • 1%
      2
    • 4.4%
      1
    • 1.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  2. And on a scale of one to ten, how likely do you think you are to vote in the November 2012 General election? One means you are not at all likely to vote, five means there is a 50-50 chance you will vote, and ten means it is certain that you will vote in the election in November. Remember you can use any number between one and ten.
    • 92.1%
      10
    • 2.4%
      9
    • 1.3%
      8
    • 0.6%
      7
    • 2.4%
      5
    • 0.3%
      2
    • 0.6%
      1
    • 0.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  3. Do you feel things in North Carolina are generally headed in the right direction or have gotten off on the wrong track?
    • 24.2%
      Right Direction
    • 58.6%
      Wrong Track
    • 17.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  4. Now I am going to read you a list of people and organizations active in politics. After I read each name, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person or group. If you never heard of them, just tell me and we’ll go on to the next one... the first one is Barack Obama:
    • 30.7%
      Very Favorable
    • 15%
      Somewhat Favorable
    • 9.9%
      Somewhat Unfavorable
    • 40.7%
      Very Unfavorable
    • 3.7%
      Heard of, no opinion
  5. North Carolina legislature
    • 8.2%
      Very Favorable
    • 30.5%
      Somewhat Favorable
    • 22.5%
      Somewhat Unfavorable
    • 18.9%
      Very Unfavorable
    • 17.3%
      Heard of, no opinion
    • 2.6%
      Never heard of
  6. Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President of the United States?
    • 26.7%
      Strongly Approve
    • 18.6%
      Somewhat Approve
    • 10.3%
      Somewhat Disapprove
    • 41.4%
      Strongly Disapprove
    • 3.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  7. Thinking about the upcoming Republican Primary Elections... As you know, not everyone gets to vote in a Republican Presidential Primary. But imagine for a moment that everyone were voting – including you. If the Republican Primary for President were being held today and you had to make a choice, whether or not you are a Republican, for whom would you vote between:
    • 14.9%
      Definitely Romney
    • 7.9%
      Probably Romney
    • 1.6%
      Lean Romney
    • 8.1%
      Definitely Gingrich
    • 2.7%
      Probably Gingrich
    • 1%
      Lean Gingrich
    • 5.5%
      Definitely Paul
    • 4.8%
      Probably Paul
    • 1%
      Lean Paul
    • 13.7%
      Definitely Santorum
    • 6.6%
      Probably Santorum
    • 2.9%
      Lean Santorum
    • 18.6%
      Hard undecided
    • 2.9%
      Other
    • 7.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  8. 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?
    • 39.9%
      Definitely Romney
    • 6.8%
      Probably Romney
    • 2.1%
      Lean Romney
    • 5.3%
      Undecided
    • 1%
      Lean Obama
    • 5.3%
      Probably Obama
    • 38.4%
      Definitely Obama
    • 1.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  9. 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: Newt Gingrich, the Republican, and Barack Obama, the Democrat?
    • 37.8%
      Definitely Gingrich
    • 6.8%
      Probably Gingrich
    • 1.1%
      Lean Gingrich
    • 6.3%
      Undecided
    • 1.3%
      Lean Obama
    • 5.2%
      Probably Obama
    • 40.5%
      Definitely Obama
    • 1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  10. 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 Santorum, the Republican, and Barack Obama, the Democrat?
    • 40.9%
      Definitely Santorum
    • 6.5%
      Probably Santorum
    • 1.9%
      Lean Santorum
    • 5.3%
      Undecided
    • 0.6%
      Lean Obama
    • 5%
      Probably Obama
    • 38.9%
      Definitely Obama
    • 0.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  11. 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: Ron Paul, the Republican, and Barack Obama, the Democrat?
    • 33.4%
      Definitely Paul
    • 8.2%
      Probably Paul
    • 2.4%
      Lean Paul
    • 10.2%
      Undecided
    • 1.1%
      Lean Obama
    • 5%
      Probably Obama
    • 38.1%
      Definitely Obama
    • 1.5%
      Don't Know/Refused
  12. As you may know, Governor Perdue has decided not to run for re-election… keeping that in mind… Not everyone gets to vote in a Democratic Gubernatorial Primary. But imagine for a moment that everyone were voting – including you. If the Democratic Primary for Governor were being held today and you had to make a choice, whether or not you are a Democrat, for whom would you vote between:
    • 5.7%
      Definitely Dalton
    • 4.7%
      Probably Dalton
    • 1%
      Lean Dalton
    • 7.9%
      Definitely Etheridge
    • 7.4%
      Probably Etheridge
    • 3.1%
      Lean Etheridge
    • 1.5%
      Definitely Faison
    • 1.1%
      Probably Faison
    • 0.3%
      Lean Faison
    • 2.4%
      Definitely Blue
    • 1.9%
      Probably Blue
    • 0.5%
      Lean Blue
    • 50.1%
      Hard undecided
    • 4.5%
      Other
    • 7.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  13. 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 Walter Dalton, the Democrat?
    • 38.1%
      Definitely McCrory
    • 9.5%
      Probably McCrory
    • 1.6%
      Lean McCrory
    • 20%
      Undecided
    • 2.3%
      Lean Dalton
    • 6.1%
      Probably Dalton
    • 20%
      Definitely Dalton
    • 2.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  14. 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 Bob Etheridge, the Democrat?
    • 36.8%
      Definitely McCrory
    • 8.9%
      Probably McCrory
    • 1.6%
      Lean McCrory
    • 19.2%
      Undecided
    • 1.9%
      Lean Etheridge
    • 8.1%
      Probably Etheridge
    • 20.8%
      Definitely Etheridge
    • 2.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  15. 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 Bill Faison, the Democrat?
    • 38.6%
      Definitely McCrory
    • 9%
      Probably McCrory
    • 1.3%
      Lean McCrory
    • 21.6%
      Undecided
    • 1.6%
      Lean Faison
    • 7.4%
      Probably Faison
    • 17.4%
      Definitely Faison
    • 2.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  16. 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 Dan Blue, the Democrat?
    • 39.1%
      Definitely McCrory
    • 9.7%
      Probably McCrory
    • 1.5%
      Lean McCrory
    • 20.7%
      Undecided
    • 1.9%
      Lean Blue
    • 6.1%
      Probably Blue
    • 17.4%
      Definitely Blue
    • 3.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  17. 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?
    • 98.9%
      Yes
    • 0.2%
      No
    • 1%
      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?
    • 60.6%
      Strongly Agree
    • 14.1%
      Somewhat Agree
    • 7.6%
      Somewhat Disagree
    • 14.7%
      Strongly Disagree
    • 3.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  19. And would you support or oppose a law requiring photo ID to vote if there was a provision in the law stating that someone could vote and show their photo ID at a later time?
    • 15.2%
      Strongly Support
    • 12.3%
      Somewhat Support
    • 12.1%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 52.5%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 7.9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  20. Should a person be able to register and then vote on the same day without providing a valid photo ID that includes the voters’ current address?
    • 16%
      Yes
    • 77.5%
      No
    • 0.5%
      No Opinion
    • 6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  21. Please tell me which of the following statements comes closer to your own opinion:
    • 13.2%
      We can increase voter participation if a person is allowed to vote outside their local election district without proper identification.
    • 77.7%
      Allowing people to vote outside their local election district without proper identification would cause too much confusion for election officials and increase the potential for fraud.
    • 9%
      Don't Know/Refused
  22. Do you object to a member of an elected body or a citizen offering an opening prayer ending with the words ”In Jesus or Christ’s name” at a meeting of a government body?
    • 19.7%
      Yes
    • 77.9%
      No
    • 2.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  23. 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?"
    • 57.4%
      Strongly Support
    • 6.3%
      Somewhat Support
    • 5.3%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 24.4%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 6.6%
      Don't Know/Refused
  24. A lawsuit was filed recently by the elected Guilford County Register of Deeds that seeks to declare North Carolina marriage laws unconstitutional, because they don’t allow same-sex partners to marry. However, there is a proposed marriage amendment that would protect traditional marriage from suits like this. The proposed amendment would prevent a judge from declaring marriage as only between one man and one woman as unconstitutional. With that information, would you be more likely or less likely to support the marriage amendment that would protect traditional marriage?
    • 49.4%
      Much more likely
    • 10%
      Somewhat more likely
    • 7.6%
      Somewhat less likely
    • 19.5%
      Much less likely
    • 13.4%
      Don't Know/Refused
  25. Which strategy do you think would be more effective at improving public education in North Carolina?
    • 17.9%
      Increasing government spending on the current system
    • 62.7%
      Reforming public schools so teachers are more effective and results can be measured
    • 5.7%
      Other
    • 13.7%
      Don't Know/Refused
  26. Do you support or oppose increasing the state sales tax by 15% in order to increase funding for education?
    • 13.9%
      Strongly Support
    • 11.8%
      Somewhat Support
    • 11.6%
      Somewhat Oppose
    • 56.5%
      Strongly Oppose
    • 6.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  27. What do you think is the best way for North Carolina to handle the issue of the teachers who were hired using temporary federal stimulus funds?
    • 13.2%
      Raising taxes in order to retain the teachers
    • 51.7%
      Cut spending in other areas in order to retain the teachers
    • 14.4%
      Do not renew the teachers' contract
    • 3.4%
      Other
    • 17.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  28. Which of the following do you consider more important when deciding to vote…?
    • 10.7%
      A politician who will cut taxes
    • 65.3%
      A politician who will balance the budget
    • 17%
      Both
    • 7.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  29. In what year were you born?
    • 1.9%
      18-25
    • 12.8%
      26-40
    • 28.8%
      41-55
    • 21%
      56-65
    • 27.8%
      66+
    • 7.8%
      Don't Know/Refused
  30. In terms of your current employment status, would you say you…
    • 10.2%
      Are self-employed
    • 28.4%
      Work for a private company
    • 10%
      Work for Government
    • 6.1%
      Are a Spouse (homemaker)
    • 33.4%
      Are Retired
    • 7.6%
      Are Unemployed
    • 4.2%
      Don't Know/Refused
  31. If you were to label yourself, would you say you are a liberal, a moderate, or a conservative in your political beliefs?
    • 9.4%
      Very Liberal
    • 9.5%
      Somewhat Liberal
    • 26.2%
      Moderate
    • 19.7%
      Somewhat Conservative
    • 27.1%
      Very Conservative
    • 8.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  32. Which category best describes your race or ethnicity?
    • 79.6%
      White or Caucasian
    • 15.5%
      African-American or Black
    • 0.5%
      Hispanic or Latino
    • 1.3%
      Native American
    • 0.8%
      Asian or Pacific Islander
    • 1.3%
      Other
    • 1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  33. What is your religious background? Would you say it is…
    • 31.3%
      Southern Baptist
    • 27.6%
      Other Protestant
    • 8.4%
      Catholic
    • 3.7%
      Agnostic/atheist/other
    • 19.9%
      Other Christian
    • 2.7%
      Other non-Christian
    • 6.3%
      Don't Know/Refused
  34. Now I am going to read you a range of annual household incomes. When I get to the one that best describes you annual household income, just let me know and I will move on to the next question…
    • 33%
      Fifty thousand dollars or less
    • 19.7%
      Between 50 and 75 thousand dollars
    • 11.6%
      Between 75 and 100 thousand dollars
    • 11%
      Between 100 and 150 thousand dollars
    • 3.1%
      Between 150 and 200 thousand dollars
    • 2.6%
      Over 200 thousand dollars
    • 19.1%
      Don't Know/Refused
  35. Gender
    • 48.3%
      Men
    • 51.7%
      Women
  36. Geographic area
    • 18.3%
      Charlotte
    • 15.2%
      Western
    • 18.6%
      Piedmont Triad
    • 20.2%
      Triangle
    • 12.3%
      Northeast
    • 15.5%
      Southeast
  37. Party registration
    • 34.1%
      Republican
    • 45.4%
      Democrat
    • 20.5%
      Independent/Other

This article was posted in Poll Results by Civitas Staff on April 3, 2012 at 2:12 PM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    Jim
    Jim Apr 04, 2012 at 8:20

    Interesting comparison between the breakdown on Liberal vs. Conservative and Republican vs. Democrat. It does confirm to me that most “Moderates” do vote Democrat.

    While it appears that those polled do seem to grasp the state issues pretty clearly, many are still in the fog about Obama and his agenda. These results are pretty scary to me, as a staunch conserative, even though the percentage of Democrat respondents had a significant margin of numbers (45% to 33%). I am hoping that many of the “Moderates” and/or “Independents” wake up in the next seven months and realize what a total disaster the next four years would be for America if Obama were re-elected. The libs obviously live in la-la land and think that they are entitled to live off the backs of others and that everything is going to be handed to them free and nothing required on their part. I hope and pray that NC has not sunk to the point that these people are anywhere close to a majority!

  • 2

    Wayne Davis
    Wayne Davis Apr 04, 2012 at 8:20

    Your results are STILL NOT an accurate reflection of the actual electorate in North Carolina.

  • 3

    Floyd Jasper Hardee
    Floyd Jasper Hardee Apr 04, 2012 at 9:00

    Mitt Romney is the only viable choice we have. The others are far too radical, and basically untrustworthy. Mitt is the only candidate suitable. He is not radical, and some even say he is a moderate. So what is wrong with being a moderate? Nothing! A moderate candidate can work things out between two deeply divided groups. We can have cheap fuel, and still protect our environment.

    Mitt has the credentials that prove he can get the job done. Vote Mitt Romney in 2012 and give him lots of help by voting a straight Republican ticket!

  • 4

    john pizzo
    john pizzo Apr 04, 2012 at 9:05

    Jim said:

    “Interesting comparison between the breakdown on Liberal vs. Conservative and Republican vs. Democrat. It does confirm to me that most “Moderates” do vote Democrat.”

    >>>> Found that interesting myself. The survey showed that self-identified ‘conservatives’ were twice as numerous as self-identified liberals, yet registered Democrats significantly outnumber registered Republicans. Actually, I find it astounding. It appears that many, many Democrats do not yet realize their party was taken over by Democratic Socialists in a 2006 bloodless coup. Also, it’s interesting to see that Obama, who is on the wrong side of every ISSUE surveyed, does so well. It just goes to show the power of the libleral mass media in No. Carolina…….

  • 5

    lkt
    lkt Apr 04, 2012 at 9:25

    What’s interesting is that you waited until April to release the results of a poll done in February. But why? No explanation provided, but one should definitely be given.l

  • 6

    Bill Dan
    Bill Dan Apr 04, 2012 at 9:56

    Why are you releasing results from February in April?

    And your approval numbers cannot be squared with your trial heats.

  • 7

    David Prickett
    David Prickett Apr 04, 2012 at 13:27

    Interesting poll. I like to think I can see both/multiple sides of an issue, but it is incredibly alarming to me–considering the stagnant economy and its seemingly endless recovery, the Federal power grab known as Obamacare, and the still high unemployment–how any aware person can think Obama is doing a good job or that NC is headed in the right direction.

  • 8

    Charles Adams
    Charles Adams Apr 09, 2012 at 12:26

    It is hard for me to believe that any inteligent human being could vote for Obama or for that matter, any democrat. Apparently they havent gone to the gas station lately. If your poll is accurate – God help us.

  • 9

    Gene Baker
    Gene Baker Apr 11, 2012 at 14:55

    Mitt Romney is highly qualified to be President. He is an outstanding family man, a good moral person, knowledgeable in politics and business, a devoutly man of faith, honest,proven leadership, personable and wealthy enough that he is not beholden to anyone.

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