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.
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.
April 2009 Poll Results
Stop Forced Annexation Rally
April Open Ended Poll Questions
Substantial payroll cuts for state workers in the upcoming budget are likely unavoidable, according to the latest budget analysis by the Civitas Institute.
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The Civitas Institutes latest poll results reveal Governor Bev Perdue’s favorability suffered over the past month as a majority of voters viewed actions by her administration to balance North Carolina’s budget with Federal stimulus money as a move in the wrong direction for the state. According to 600 voters surveyed, 44 percent of voters continued to view her favorably while 35.2 percent viewed the Governor unfavorably. When comparing the sentiment of respondents from March, Perdue’s favorability dropped 14 percent as those who viewed her unfavorably rose by 15.2 percent.
Results of the latest Civitas Institute poll reveal strong support remains among registered voters for off-shore drilling and energy exploration despite a welcomed decline in the retail price of refined gasoline products since late 2008.
State government believed to waste 30 cents out of every dollar spent
A new poll released today by the Civitas Institute indicates that a majority of voters in North Carolina have a favorable opinion of President Barack Obama personally despite disapproving of many of his administration’s policy proposals.
The Civitas Watch List is a compilation of bills either on the floor of the House or Senate or in committee that day that is of interest to conservatives in North Carolina. Civitas will attempt to quickly highlight some of the relevant points of the bills to give a simple overview of potentially impactful legislation.
Incumbent US Senator Richard Burr (R) holds a slim one point lead over his potential Democratic counterpart, Attorney General Roy Cooper, in a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. According to the survey of 600 likely 2010 voters, Burr leads Cooper 35%-34% with 32 percent of voters undecided.
North Carolina voters do not support an NC Senate plan to create a new tax on certain services even if tax rates overall are lowered according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, when asked if they approved or disapproved of a plan that would reduce the sales tax rate but would broaden the types of services taxed only 33 percent of voters approved of the measure. 53 percent disapproved, including 39 percent of voters who strongly disapproved. 14 percent were unsure.
President Obama won the election using the theme of “change.” Looking at definitions of “conservatism,” the common thread among them are the words “opposing radical change” (wordnetweb.princeton.edu). At the end of the Bush presidency, many people on both sides of party lines were advocating change of various types. So, I suppose it isn’t really surprising that Obama is now president.