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Their Own Words: The Most Important Issue for the State

In the 2012 elections for Governor and State Legislature, what will be the most important issue to you personally?

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  • Location: Charlotte Western Piedmont Triangle Northeast Southeast
  • Gender: Male Female
  • Age: 18-25 26-40 41-55 56-65 66+ Refused
  • Ideology: Very cons. Somewhat cons. Moderate Somewhat lib. Very lib.

Jobs, because there are no jobs in North Carolina.

The economy.

The state of North Carolina. They need to start paying much more attention to what the people here need.

The governor’s appointment for judges.

The unemployment rate.

Work and the industry.

Jobs.

Job creation.

The economy.

Job creation.

Education.

The economy.

Taxes and spending. Lower taxes and spending.

Lowering the taxes.

The budget. Law requires it to be balanced. My desire is that it be cut or decreased.

The economy.

The economy.

Education. Jobs.

The economy.

Jobs.

Education.

Job creation.

Jobs.

Is helping the small business people. Politicians have screwed up.

State financial reform.

Jobs.

None.

I think the helmet law.

Education.

Fiscal irresponsibility.

Economy.

Jobs.

Education.

State taxes and the price of gas.

Lowering taxes. The gas tax.

Need change.

Lower the taxes.

I am not voting for the Republican crook. The most important thing for me is funding for roads so that the Charlotte community does not get left out.

I don’t.

Trying to save the money on the old folks’ disability. I don’t want to vote for anyone who will lower the money on the old folks’ disability.

Give the tea party some sense and let the president do his job.

Tax reduction.

The economy.

I can’t think of anything.

Jobs and get the economy back on track.

Economy.

Jobs would be the biggest issue.

Budget.

Economy.

Our debt. I want to come out of debt. Yeah, our highways are in bad shape, and our taxes are too high, and gas taxes just went up too high. They said they want to fix the roads and haven’t. The welfare citizens is infringement. We are the highest taxed state in the nation at the moment, I believe.

Lowering the taxes and job creation.

I don’t know.

Jobs creation.

Job creation.

Social security and disability benefits.

Hands are tied when protecting against home intrusion.

Cannot pick one.

Don’t know.

Control of the budget.

Economy.

Whoever is in office now out.

The economy.

Jobs and the economy.

Jobs.

Jobs.

More jobs. Too many people out of work.

State employees that are not teachers.

Need some jobs.

Health care issues.

Education. They are cutting back on education funding.

Unemployment and jobs.

Jobs.

Employment. We need more of it.

Jobs.

Candidate’s integrity.

State issues, tax, gas prices.

Unemployment and jobs and lowering taxes.

Employment, working teachers, and the retired teachers.

The economy.

Jobs.

Health care.

Jobs.

Education and jobs.

Education.

Jobs.

Employment.

Jobs.

Economy.

Economy.

Right now, I really don’t know. I look at the news. I don’t know because it is a matter of opinion. These people are going to do what they want to do, regardless.

Raise taxes.

The budget.

Jobs and unemployment.

School system.

Unemployment is the biggest issue.

Education.

Jobs and job creation and taking care of the children.

Probably jobs and health care.

I think we have a lot of problems. I think the fuel prices are messing everything up.

Finding jobs.

Jobs. Employment.

Employment is the biggest problem here.

Jobs, the economy.

Jobs.

Unemployment. I would hope that they would do something about the high unemployment rate.

The economy.

Pat McCrory needs to win this time.

I don’t know. There are too many.

Unemployment and taxes.

Their morals.

Amendment 1.

Taxes.

Jobs. I am out six months now.

Jobs.

The health care.

Taxes. All the state taxes are too high, and the money is not being spent well.

The economy.

Education funding for exceptional programs.

Jobs.

Probably the economy.

Governor Perdue has done an excellent job. I really don’t know what is coming up. I haven’t been active like I had been. I started working in the polls when I was in high school and most every year since that time.

Education issues in general.

Don’t know.

Jobs.

Moral issues.

Get rid of the chicken lady.

The budget. There are a lot of aspects going in the budget. I think that we are spending too much.

Economy.

The ninety nine percent over the elitist.

Education. They want to cut the budget on education, and they should be putting more money to education.

Economy.

Economy.

Taxes.

Get rid of the state inheritance tax. North Carolina has the highest state inheritance tax, sixteen percent, in the nation. Most states don’t have it all. They do have a federal. North Carolina has both.

Jobs.

General income not going up, but costs are going up and need more money.

Jobs.

The economy.

Jobs.

Jobs and the economy.

Morals.

The poverty that is in North Carolina. Make more jobs.

Workers having to negotiate for wages and benefits.

Jobs.

Taxes are too high.

The budget, definitely. Taxes, and of course, the right to life.

Financial.

Economy.

The economy.

Jobs.

Education.

Jobs.

Jobs. We need to bring manufacturing back to this state.

The economy.

Jobs.

Health care.

Jobs.

Don’t know.

Jobs.

The prison system needs to be changed.

Education.

Economy.

The job market.

Jobs.

Don’t know.

The economy.

Get a job.

Education. Thinking of the kids, not the political party.

Environmental protection.

Economy.

The lack of economic situation.

Jobs.

Taxes. Well, we pay very high taxes. We pay taxes on everything.

I don’t know.

School system.

Education.

The whole fiscal situation.

School system. I am a teacher, and I ‘d like to keep my job. Perhaps more funding for the public schools.

Jobs.

Addressing poverty.

Better schools and education. It’s not about the funding. Education is what I am talking about. They say no kid left behind. I don’t understand that. They should find out why some are not comprehending what they should be.

Education.

Jobs.

Unemployment and the economy go hand in hand.

Taxes are too high.

Education.

Reckless spending by government and utility companies and passing this on to the public.

The issues of jobs.

Taxes and unemployment.

Getting people back to work.

The economy and jobs.

Jobs and the economy are.

No opinion.

Employment, health care, and education.

Jobs.

Schools, stop throwing money out, and the other issue is jobs.

Honesty.

Economics.

Money for education.

Economic issues.

Not sure.

I don’t know how.

Job creation.

Jobs and economy.

Jobs and consistent economic growth.

Education.

I would look for a candidate that has good morals.

Jobs.

The amendment against gay marriage is wrong.

Jobs.

Jobs.

Creating jobs in North Carolina and get rid of Republican obstruction in the legislature.

Economy and jobs. People need money to spend.

The economy and education. Reduce unemployment rates.

Jobs.

Taxation and jobs.

Gas tax.

Paying too much taxes.

Creating more jobs. Unfreeze teacher pay.

Economy.

I would say jobs and taxes.

Jobs.

Jobs.

Health care. It’s expensive, the insurance, and the insurance is hard to come by.

To get rid of the Democrats.

Jobs.

Getting more jobs.

Taxes.

Economy.

Jobs.

Job situation. Jobs. Employment.

Remain a state that is diverse and shared equality for all.

Probably character. Economics.

The use of tax dollars, how they are presently being abused.

Refused.

Education.

Jobs. We just need more jobs in America instead of overseas.

Employment. Just creating more jobs. You know, more small businesses. The highway systems, I guess. We use to have excellent roads and access to all major cities, and now we’ve lost some companies and industries moving into the state.

How to get jobs in North Carolina.

Jobs. Job creation for the unemployed.

Economy and unemployment.

Keep things as they are.

The economy.

Medical expenses not being handled right.

Jobs. Just more jobs. We need to bring work back to America.

Get jobs back in here and get out of the lottery and get jobs back in here. Quit being on the corporations’ payroll.

Our economy. Jobs.

God fearing man.

Change.

Most number abortions my top priority.

Back to work.

Job creation.

Economy. Not sure right now.

Not sure.

The economy in general.

Jobs.

Probably education in North Carolina and the economy.

Spending, budgets.

Jobs would be the most important.

Jobs.

Jobs.

Employment.

The economy.

Gas is too high for the economy.

I don’t know. I just don’t keep up with it all the way I used to. I just don’t know.

Economy.

Getting the older people more help and funding.

Jobs for young people, college graduates and other entry level workers.

Education.

Jobs and also the economy.

Heath. Medical insurance.

Taxes.

Pro life issues.

Seniors living on fixed incomes and Medicare and Social Security.

Education. Well, our budget has been cut from school. Well, we need more jobs too.

That taxes stay down and that our jobs get better. We still have a lot of people out of work.

The economy.

Economy.

Jobs and employment.

Lowering the taxes.

Education and health care.

Health care.

Creating jobs.

Get Governor Perdue out.

Education.

Medicare.

Jobs.

Jobs. Bring more jobs to the area.

Debt.

No answer.

Unemployment.

Education.

The economy.

I don’t know.

Budget. Fiscal issues.

Economy and unemployment.

Job creation. Job creation within the educational force.

Jobs.

Taxes.

Economy.

Economy.

We need a Christian who believes in God to be head of state and nation and honesty. Be for all the people, not just the rich.

Economy.

Education.

The jobs and the elderly.

Jobs.

Economic issues.

I don’t have no idea about that.

The unemployment rate, jobs.

Education.

Reduce our taxes.

Don’t know.

Morals more than finance.

Jobs.

It depends. I really don’t know right now.

Funding for services. Schools, persons with mental disabilities.

Gas prices.

I would say economy.

Education.

Child support. Get the fathers to pay what they owe.

Give the state more control.

To get the Democrats out.

Fairness. The government needs to be more fair to everyone.

Probably be job creation.

Health care.

The economy.

Balance the budget.

Economy. Quit spending money we don’t have.

Don’t know.

Don’t know.

Economy.

A good candidate who will not ban gay unions.

Jobs, job creation.

School issue, cutting seniors’ benefits.

Corruption.

Education.

Fiscal responsibility.

I think taxes are too high.

Gun violence.

Cooperation.

Gay marriage amendment is wrongheaded.

Jobs.

Balanced state.

Taxes.

The economy. Job creation.

Not to lower taxes too much so the state is hurt.

Taxes.

The economy. Creating new jobs.

Economy.

Jobs, government spending, and the economy.

The economy.

Jobs.

The health care.

Schools.

Taxes.

Governor. I think we need a new governor. We need a change in all areas. See if we can’t get something back here in North Carolina. Since NAFTA passed, we’ve been going downhill since then.

Getting more jobs.

The impact on state employees.

Education.

Jobs.

Keeping North Carolina becoming a mess like Mississippi.

It’s based on the economy. That’s the main issue.

The economy.

Anything and everything to get Beverly Perdue out. Raising taxes is out right now, and it’s not the best time to do it, and she said she wouldn’t.

Jobs.

Balancing the budget.

Jobs and the economy.

Political integrity.

The economy.

Education, funding for higher educations.

Education.

Vote all Democrats out.

Medicare.

Jobs.

The budget. Less asperity programs. Just budget cutting, basically.

Jobs.

Jobs.

The job outlook.

Jobs and the economy need to be handled better.

Jobs.

The economy.

Jobs.

Taxes and government spending.

The economy is the biggest part.

Jobs.

The environment. The most urgent responsibility is to protect the environment for future generations and protect our health now.

Getting rid of Beverly Perdue.

The economy. Jobs. Taxes.

Health care.

Jobs and taxes.

The economy.

GOP has made North Carolina worse. Not trying to helping the citizens in North Carolina.

Money spending from state and federal.

Abortion and health care.

Jobs, economy.

Cutting spending.

State sales taxes too high.

The budget.

Education.

Education. Funding for universities and not increasing tuition.

Education.

Employment.

Probably looking after state employees.

Education.

Education.

We need to get a new governor.

I don’t know.

Health care.

I would like to see education because I read a piece in the paper about when Bush signed the No Child Left Behind. That got on the back burner. If we don’t educate these children, they cannot go out there and get a job. If they don’t get an education, where are they going to end up at? At jail, hanging out on the streets. The state will have to support them. Education is one thing I have always pushed.

I want to get rid of Beverly Perdue.

Education.

Education.

We need to get someone in office that is not crooked.

The economy.

Don’t know.

Education.

Jobs.

They need changes.

Health care.

I do not think we should have to show voter identification.

More wages and taxes going down and better health care.

Health care.

School board and community based school is bad and should have worked on busing.

Well, it would be a toss between the economy and the education. Health care. Well, health care is good, but I guess it’s insurance. The high cost of insurance.

Economy.

I would just say education.

I have no idea.

A more balanced budget.

The economy. Jobs.

Education and the economy as well jobs.

Financial issues. Need more jobs.

Getting rid of the Republicans.

Jobs.

Jobs.

The need to create good paying jobs in North Carolina.

Jobs and employment. I think that they need a real fiscal plan to put more jobs in North Carolina, more than lip service.

The economy.

The economy.

State budget.

Education.

State benefits and jobs.

Education, funding.

One state.

Budget.

Person who shows concern for people, not just the haves but the have nots. Those who are seeking work, people who need medical care. They worry about the deficit, but it makes no sense to starve the children already here.

Colleges. We need more students to have the opportunity to go to college. The money needs to be there.

Health issues like Medicare. What senior citizens worry about.

Disability, Medicaid, health issues.

Dealing with the unemployment rate and trying to deal with the people without a job. All the dealing with the increase of sales tax and gas tax. I’m on a fixed income and this doesn’t go up, but everything else does.

Education.

Jobs for the middle class and the poor.

The budget.

To make sure that the Democrats are more in the state legislature. Voting against discrimination.

Jobs.

Education. More money for the teachers.

Jobs and the economy, along with better education for our children.

The issue of abortion.

Taxes.

The economy.

The economy.

The jobs and the economy. They both go hand in hand, but mostly jobs.

The economy.

Jobs.

Getting jobs.

Jobs.

Voter registration.

Jobs.

The environment, the economy, unemployment, and education. There are so many things that I couldn’t single one out.

Education.

The economy issues. Social issues.

The government programs need to be saved.

Jobs. Creation of manufacturing jobs.

Economics.

State government needs to be better managed.

Jobs.

The economy and jobs.

Bring the wages up and my Social Security up.

Gosh, there’s so many things, it’s unreal. When the governor won the lottery, the money didn’t go to the right places. It’s all crooked politics.

Economy.

Schools.

Over reaching, over powering.

The states’ rights.

The economy.

Jobs.

Jobs.

We definitely need more jobs here.

Jobs.

I don’t know. Taxes, and I ain’t into politics that much, to tell you the truth.

Democrats take back control of the House and Senate. Have the governor retain her seat. Republicans will not go back in office on any of my vote.

Creation of jobs.

Too many giveaway programs in this state. People need to go to work.

The economy.

Welfare.

Honesty in campaigning. Saying what they really intend to do when elected.

Education.

I don’t know.

Education.

The economy.

Jobs.

Jobs.

The economy. It needs to get better.

Better after school programs for the children.

I don’t know.

Health insurance.

Health care.

Jobs.

Jobs.

More jobs.

The most important issues are jobs.

The unemployment issue is very important.

Education.

Jobs and unemployment.

Job improvement, supporting of the Obama health care, environmental issues, and education.

Jobs.

Economy.

Jobs.

Jobs.

Farm animal welfare. The way we treat our farm animals in North Carolina is terrible. This is one of the things that makes me angry.

Jobs. I think spending needs to be brought under control.

Taxes have gotten too high, out of control.

Education.

The economy needs some major attention. I took early retirement, and that is not working out. I wish I still had a job.

Fiscal responsibility.

Jobs.

Jobs.

The economy. Make sure the economy stays affordable.

Jobs.

Tax issue.

Transportation.

It would be the state budget. I’d want to change it or cut it and the manner in which it is balanced.

Jobs.

Health care.

Employment.

Money for education.

Education.

Jobs and unemployment.

The economy.

Jobs and health care.

Jobs.

Jobs. Do not raise taxes.

Jobs and education. Putting people back to work. We need more teachers in the school. They’re taking teachers out of the school, and the kids aren’t getting their education. They talk about saving the money, but what about the kids? That is the reason why the blacks and hispanics get lost in the streets. No one cares. They need not get rid of the teachers because these kids don’t have no one to help them on these streets.

Taxes.

Environmental protection.

Economy.

Get rid of the Democrat governor.

Jobs.

Economy.

People who don’t have insurance and how teachers are treated.

The school system improvement.

Taxes.

Education.

The state budget.

The economy.

Taxes.

More jobs.

Balancing the budget.

Jobs.

Jobs.

Don’t know.

It will be. Health care will put America under because it has a bad effect on the economy. Plus, it is taking away the personal liberties, which is Marxism and Communism. America was founded on individualism, and that is how God made, in the image of him.

Jobs.

I don’ know. I don’t keep up on politics much and haven’t really thought about it, so I can’t say.

I don’t know.

Economy.

Unemployment.

Economy.

I guess, probably jobs. Well, no. Put jobs. That’s what I care about.

Discrimination.

To find jobs for people.

Taxes.

Jobs.

Lowering taxes and job employment.

Marriage amendment that is on the ballot.

Employment.

Budget cuts in education.

Gas tax.

Medicare.

Ethics. As in moral values.

Get the government out of our business.

Jobs.

Gay marriage. I am for it.

Better schools.

Jobs.

Jobs.

There are so many of them, that I can’t think of one.

Economy.

Jobs, economy.

The unemployment rate.

Don’t know.

Anything pertaining to medical needs.

Taxes.

Politicians need to start looking out for the best interest of the country, not the best interest of themselves.

Jobs and highways.

Economy.

Finances.

Health care.

Health care and schools.

I guess, jobs.

Jobs.

It is the economy and jobs.

This article was posted in Verbatims by Civitas Staff on January 31, 2012 at 9:43 AM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    Judy Fergerson
    Judy Fergerson Jan 31, 2012 at 11:41

    Reckless spending by government and utility companies and passing this on to the public.
    Taking a look at salary increases for all state employees instead of just teachers.(keep in mind not raises have been given for 5 years)

  • 2

    ROSEY KIDD
    ROSEY KIDD Feb 02, 2012 at 17:22

    I don’t think we need anymore teachers ,Parents ought to take responsibility and teach their children ,not depend on the schools for everything .Our state tax is to high and so is gasoline,When the Governor raise taxes on the gas ,that is suppose to pay for roads ,Our sales tax is to much of a burden especially for seniors,We are the higest in the nation ,How then can companies come here to start businesses.

  • 3

    Joanne
    Joanne Feb 06, 2012 at 8:56

    Get rid of the School Unions and then you will be able provide a better education to students and provide quality teachers. If a teacher is not doing their job in educating, then they should be fired!! The Unions should not be able to protect them! Get rid of Obama Care which will drive taxes even higher and will cause us to have inferior health care.

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