Author: Civitas Staff

  • 2008-2009 N.C. Budget: $1.1 Billion in Pork and Earmarks

    Over $1.1 billion dollars in new earmarks and pork spending was authorized in the 2008-2009 North Carolina state budget by the General Assembly according to Brian Balfour, Tax/Budget Policy Analyst at the Civitas Institute.

  • Voters Unsure of Who Runs Legislature

    With the NC General Assembly set to adjourn later today, the July Civitas Institute DecisionMaker Poll suggests that North Carolina voters are in the dark concerning which party holds power in the General Assembly.

  • NC Poll: Perdue With Slim Lead on McCrory

    New Poll Shows Lt. Gov. with 3 Point Lead

  • N.C. Poll: Voters Don’t Want Children Exposed to “Alternative” Lifestyles

    Provisions of House Bill 1366, better known as the Anti-Bullying Bill, have not enjoyed widespread popularity among North Carolinians according to a May poll released by the Civitas Institute.

  • Rule Breakers or Law Makers?

    Members of the North Carolina General Assembly continue to ignore self-imposed rules of conduct by shoving millions of extra debt and countless new provisions into the hastily approved 2008 state budget. A recent study released by the Civitas Institute reveals House Rule 44 (b) was violated in excess of 50 times during passage of the 2008 North Carolina Budget bill.

  • Talking about Energy in N.C.

    With gas prices above $4.00 a gallon, citizens are looking to state leaders for answers and relief. On Wednesday, July 9th 2008, the Civitas Institute will hold an information breakfast - “Talking about Energy in N.C.” - in which we’ll talk about realistic energy policy and communicating options to a public looking for change. To register, click here.

  • Impact of NC Jessica’s Law

    Crimes Before & After N.C.’s Jessica’s Law. Crimes in red are punished under the Florida Jessica’s Law with a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison. Offenders either serve life in prison or serve 25 years followed by lifetime satellite monitoring.

  • N.C. Poll: Voters to Lawmakers – Keep Spending in Check

    The Civitas Institute’s June 2008 DescisionMaker poll reveals a majority of North Carolinians are more likely to vote for a candidate this fall who supports a TABOR.

  • NC Voters: Drill, Don’t Tax

    Only one-third of North Carolina voters agree that increasing taxes on oil companies is a solution to reduce record-high gas prices. Half of voters feel prices can be reduced through increased domestic production of oil.

  • NC Voters Support Right To Work

    Over 3/4ths of Voters Reject Forced Unionization of Workers Raleigh, NC – Despite the millions of dollars pumped into North Carolina campaigns and an intensive lobbying effort by national unions to weaken North Carolina’s labor laws, voters overwhelmingly support maintaining North Carolina as a right-to-work state according to a new poll released by the Civitas Institute.  When asked if they supported maintaining North Carolina as a right-to-work state where workers can not be forced into a union, a resounding 78 percent agreed while only 16 percent disagreed.  7 percent were undecided. “Big labor has targeted North Carolina as a potential state to expand its scope and influence.  Unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Teamsters are pushing collective bargaining for state and local government employees as the first step towards repealing right-to-work in North Carolina,” said Francis DeLuca, Executive Director of the Civitas Institute.  “Unfortunately for the unions, the voters of North Carolina overwhelming reject this path,” DeLuca stated. The State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) recently voted to officially align with the national SEIU organization.  SEIU and other unions have pumped over $2 million into state and local elections in North Carolina over the past four years. “It does not matter how long they have lived in North Carolina, natives and newcomers alike have seen the damage done to the economies of states like Michigan and New Jersey by forced unionization.  They do not want to see the same thing happen here,” DeLuca concluded. Full text of question: DO YOU SUPPORT KEEPING NORTH CAROLINA A RIGHT-TO-WORK STATE, WHERE WORKERS CAN'T BE FORCED INTO A UNION?                          # % Yes 465 78 No 95 16 Not Sure 39 7 Refused 1   TOTAL 600   For crosstabs click here: The study of 600 registered voters was conducted June 11-13 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Virginia. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters we interviewed had to have voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general election or were newly registered voters since 2006. The voters were interviewed using live callers. The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95% 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 were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2006.

  • Poll: Perdue, McCrory Remains Dead Heat

    Results Virtually Unchanged from May Raleigh, NC – Lt. Governor Bev Perdue and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory remain in a virtual dead heat in the race for governor according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.   Of the 600 likely general election voters surveyed, 43 percent supported Perdue while 41 percent supported McCrory.  Libertarian candidate Michael Munger received support of two percent of respondents.  Fourteen percent were undecided. “We have seen very little movement in this race over the past month.  With both candidates focusing a majority of their time on organizing and fundraising rather than active campaigning, the polling remains virtually unchanged,” said Francis DeLuca, Executive Director of the Civitas Institute. In Civitas’ May poll, Perdue led McCrory 43-42 with 15 percent undecided. “The race for North Carolina’s next governor remains wide open,” DeLuca concluded. McCrory is able to keep the race competitive due to his large lead in the Charlotte area (61-26) and in the mountains (51-39).  Perdue leads in every other region of the state. Click here for full results and crosstabs. The study of 600 registered voters was conducted June 11-13 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Virginia. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters we interviewed had to have voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general election or were newly registered voters since 2006. The voters were interviewed using live callers. The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95% 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 were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2006.                                                

  • NC Poll: Dole Leads Hagan 48-38

    U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole has opened up a 10 point lead over her Democratic challenger Kay Hagan in the race for U.S. Senate according to the latest DecisionMaker poll results released today by the Civitas Institute. Dole’s lead has increased by eight points from last month.

  • June 2008 DecisionMaker Poll

    Results of the June 2008 DecisonMaker Poll

  • 2008 Budget Rule Violations

    General Assembly Again Proves Need for Public Accountability In 2007, the Civitas Institute reported that the General Assembly broke its own legislative rules more than 100 times when crafting the final budget. This year, the 2008 budget shows improvement, but Civitas has still identified more than 50 violations of the General Assembly's self-imposed rules governing the conference process.

  • NC Poll: North Carolina Voters Overwhelmingly Support Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

    With the news of rising gas prices leading TV news and blaring from the headlines of local papers, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly support oil and gas exploration off the coast of North Carolina. Of the 800 likely general election voters surveyed, 68 percent support off shore oil while 20 percent oppose. 11 percent of voters were not sure at this point.

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