Author: Civitas Staff

  • Civitas Poll: Potential Burr Challengers Unknown

    As Democrats continue their search for potential challengers to US Senator Richard Burr in 2010, a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute shows that two potential Burr challengers would begin the race virtually unknown.

  • Plastic Bag (American Beauty Parody)

    N.C. American Beauty Plastic Bag Parody

  • Perdue Decline Tied to Loss of Base Voters

    Civitas polling over the past two months has shown a significant decline in both Gov. Bev Perdue’s job approval and personal favorability ratings. After beginning the year riding high on the Democratic honeymoon period thanks to President Obama, Perdue’s numbers have taken a sharp nose dive. Her job approval rating is basically even and her personal favorability has fallen into the negative range.

  • Civitas Poll: Opinion of Perdue Turns Negative

    North Carolina voters now have an unfavorable opinion of Gov. Bev Perdue according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. This represents a dramatic reversal from the glowing ratings voters gave Perdue just a few months ago.

  • Civitas Poll: Don’t Ban Plastic Bags

    With the NC Senate set to give approval this week to a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags at certain areas of North Carolina’s coastline, a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute shows that voters strongly disapprove of such a ban.

  • Brian Balfour on NBC17 Discussing Budget Waste at a Tea Party


  • The Truth on the 2009 Budget Process

    In today's News & Observer article House panel OKs taxes Speaker Hackney made some regrettable remarks concerning yesterday's tax and budget fight in the finance committee. He said that the Republican claims that there is a much lower "shortfall" than the Democrats' claim of $4 billion is a "fraud." He said we Republicans won't vote for spending cuts and we won't vote for tax increases. He said that we will not do our constitutional duty to balance the budget.

  • Civitas Poll: Perdue Job Approval Plummets

    Voters in North Carolina continue to sour on Governor Bev Perdue’s performance in office according to the latest poll released today by the Civitas Institute. According to the live caller poll of 600 voters, 46 percent of voters approve of the job she is doing as governor. 42 percent disapprove. The 4 percentage point spread between those approving and disapproving of the Governor’s performance is down 32 points from her initial approval rating in Civitas’ February poll (52/16).

  • May 2009 Poll Results

    May 2009 Poll Results

  • Take Back Our State 2009 Videos

    Joe The Plumber Mary Katherine Hamm – Fox News Political Analyst Jonathan Krohn – 14 year old columnist and author

  • Civitas Poll: Voters Say Reduce State Workforce

    With General Assembly budget writers mired in the difficult choices over how to craft a balanced budget for the state, a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute shows that voters prefer the General Assembly eliminate positions rather than issue across-the-board pay cuts for state employees and teachers.

  • Civitas Poll: Only Half of Voters Believe Global Warming Caused by Human Activity

    Despite repeated claims that “the debate is over” only one-half of voters in North Carolina believe global warming is caused by human activity according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. According to 600 sampled voters, when asked if they thought global warming was caused more by human activity, long-term changes in Earth’s atmosphere or that global warming doesn’t exist, 49.5 percent of voters said human activity was the cause of global warming. 22.8 percent responded changes in atmosphere while 15.2 percent said it did not exist. 12.2 percent were not sure.

  • The Need To Change

    We have been hearing a lot in the last few weeks about the need for the Republican Party to change, to rethink its core beliefs, to modernize, to move to the center, to be more like the Democratic Party. We are told, usually by the pundits on television news, that we need to change our approach on abortion, marriage, health care, education, our military, the role of government in our lives and capitalism. I, for one, completely agree!

  • NC Poll: Support for Death Penalty Remains Strong

    With a NC Supreme Court ruling earlier this month clearing the legal impediments to the resumption of capital punishment in North Carolina, a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute shows public support for the death penalty remains strong. A 600 sample live caller poll of voters asked if they supported the death penalty in North Carolina. Sixty-four percent said yes. Only 28 percent said they opposed. Eight percent said they were unsure.

  • Voters Give Resounding “No” To Apple Giveaway

    As the NC House is set to vote today on a bill (SB 575) granting a targeted tax break for one particular large company, a new poll released by the Civitas Institute shows that nearly 9 in 10 voters in North Carolina disagree with this practice. Voters were asked which is the better way to create jobs: give targeted tax breaks and cash incentives to a few large companies or give across-the-board tax cuts to all small and medium sized businesses. Only 7 percent of voters favored tax breaks for large companies as SB 575 would provide. 87 percent of voters favored across-the-board tax cuts for small and medium businesses.

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