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.
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.
Raleigh, NC – The struggling economy and improving the state’s education system top the Civitas Institute’s May DecisionMaker poll as the most important issues needing addressed by state government. The poll also reveals voters’ support for a voter ID law, the marriage amendment and drilling off the coast of North Carolina for oil and natural gas.
May 2008 DecisionMaker Poll
Raleigh, NC – The race for Governor in North Carolina begins as a wide open affair with Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue (D) and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R) in a virtual tie according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. Of the 800 likely general election voters surveyed, 43 percent support Perdue while 42 percent support McCrory. 15 percent of voters were undecided at this point.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2008 CONTACT: Chris Hayes (919) 834-2099 email@example.com Poll: NC Voters Oppose Collective Bargaining 2-1 Margin Against Labor Agenda Raleigh, NC – Now that the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) has officially aligned with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), these groups have made overturning North Carolina’s ban on […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2008 CONTACT: Jameson Taylor (919) 834-2099 firstname.lastname@example.org Poll: NC Voters Support Marriage Amendment Support Higher Among Blacks than Whites Raleigh, NC – With the recent decision by the California Supreme Court overturning its state’s ban on gay marriage still in the headlines, voters in North Carolina strongly support enacting an Amendment to the North Carolina Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. When asked, 71 percent of voters support enacting the Amendment while only 26 percent are opposed. Three percent were not sure. “North Carolina voters clearly want traditional marriage codified into our Constitution, yet the General Assembly has failed to hear this measure year after year,” stated Dr. Jameson Taylor, Director of Policy at the Civitas Institute. Among African-American voters, 86 percent favor the marriage amendment, while only 13 percent oppose. The margin among white voters is considerably closer at 67-30. “Our nation’s core values of marriage being between one man and one woman are reaffirmed by this poll. Despite the decision by the California Supreme Court stating otherwise, North Carolina wants to protect traditional marriage,” Dr. Taylor concluded. The study of 800 registered voters was conducted May 14-17 by TelOpinion 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 800 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-3.7% 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. Full text of question: DO YOU SUPPORT A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DEFINING MARRIAGE AS BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN? # % 1. YES 568 71 2. NO 210 26 98. NOT SURE 22 3
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2008 CONTACT: Chris Hayes (919) 834-2099/(919) 771-5954 or email@example.com NC Voters Oppose Gas Tax Holiday, Support Offshore Drilling Would Rather Keep Taxes for Highways than Temporary Relief Raleigh, NC – Faced with gas prices nearing $4 per gallon and the traditionally heavy summer driving months ahead, voters in North Carolina resoundingly reject the idea of temporarily suspending the state’s gas tax. At the same time, voters overwhelmingly support oil and gas exploration off of the North Carolina coast. The Civitas Institute’s May DecisionMaker poll reveals that 60 percent of voters prefer to keep gas tax revenues for road construction and maintenance rather than temporarily suspend the gas tax for a few months. 28 percent favored suspension of the tax while 12 percent were not sure. Voters also approved of opening up North Carolina’s coastal waters to oil and gas exploration by a nearly 7:2 margin. 68 percent polled favored exploration while only 20 percent were opposed to the idea. 11 percent were not sure. “It is apparent that voters believe increased oil and gas exploration is a better solution to rising gas prices than temporarily suspending the gas tax. It seems they seek a more permanent fix from rising prices rather than the ‘quick fix’ temporary solution,” stated Civitas Legislative Policy Analyst Chris Hayes. Recently, Presidential candidates John McCain and Hillary Clinton both called for suspending the federal portion of the gas tax for the summer months. Yesterday, Rep. Joe Boylan (R-Moore) filed HB 2193 to suspend the state portion of the gas tax for summer. The study of 800 registered voters was conducted May 14-17 by TelOpinion 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 800 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-3.7% 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. Full text of questions: DO YOU SUPPORT A PROPOSED GAS TAX HOLIDAY OVER THE SUMMER MONTHS OR BELIEVE THESE FUNDS SHOULD BE KEPT FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE IN NORTH CAROLINA? # % 1. GAS HOLIDAY 224 28 2. KEPT FOR CONSTRUCTION 481 60 98. NOT SURE 95 12 DO YOU SUPPORT OR OPPOSE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION OFF THE COAST OF NORTH CAROLINA? # % 1. SUPPORT 546 68 2. OPPOSE 163 20 98. NOT SURE 91 11
Between April 2000 and May 10, 2008, the overall number of registered voters in North Carolina increased from 4.93 million to 5.81 million, an increase just shy of 18 percent (17.9 percent). This net increase is the result of new registration and the purging of no longer valid registrations from the voter rolls. In 2000, Democrats made up 51percent of registration statewide, Republicans made up 34 percent, and Unaffiliated and Libertarian voters together comprised 15 percent. By May 2008, those figures had changed to 45 percent Democrat, 33 percent Republican, and 21 percent Unaffiliated.
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As North Carolina awaits extradition of suspected murderer Ceasar Laurean from Mexico, voters back home feel the circumstances of his crime should yield two murder charges, not the sole charge he will face under current North Carolina criminal law. The Civitas Institute’s April DecisionMaker poll reveals that 82 percent of North Carolina voters agree that if a woman is murdered while carrying a viable fetus, the perpetrator should receive two murder charges. Twelve percent believe there should only be one murder charge. Seven percent were unsure.