Elections & Voting

  • 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.

  • African-Americans Drive Liberal Uptick

    Earlier this week, Gallup made national headlines with a new poll showing that self-described “conservatives” were now the single largest ideological group nationally. While the news of conservative gains may be of national news, this is nothing new to North Carolina where Civitas polling over the past four years has clearly shown conservatives as the largest ideology in North Carolina.

  • Public Municipal Campaigns: Taxpayer-Funded Campaigns Fail to Deliver Benefits

    House Bill 120 is slated for the Senate floor today, and its approval would be based on false promises. HB 120 (Short Title: Public Municipal Campaigns) would grant city councils with population in excess of 50,000, the option of initiating taxpayer-financed campaigns for municipal election campaigns in their city.

  • Taxpayer-Funded Campaigns Fail to Deliver Benefits

    Despite a struggling economy, high unemployment and a massive state budget deficit, some North Carolina lawmakers are trying to take your money to fill their campaign coffers. In short, they want to expand a welfare program for politicians, forcing you to subsidize ideas you may abhor.

  • Raising Per-Pupil Support: How is it possible?

    In her first State of the State address, Gov. Beverly Perdue described some of the challenges facing North Carolina, and called on her fellow lawmakers and citizens to make the tough decisions necessary to balance the budget and improve the state’s economy. Despite a looming $2.1 billion state budget deficit, the Governor surprised lawmakers and supporters with her pledge to increase per-pupil spending.

  • Four Year Terms – Another Incumbent Protection Scheme

    It's bad enough legislators already get to pick their constituents through the horrific mess that is redistricting; now some legislators think that having to be held accountable to the voters every two years is problematic.

  • Lack of Name Identification Dominates Senate Race

    No sooner do we put the 2008 election cycle behind us and we turn our attention toward the 2010 elections. Between now and then, many eyes will be on the race for the open US Senate seat in North Carolina, which is now held by first-term incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R). But after four years in statewide office, Burr is relatively unknown across the state. A majority of voters said they either have “no opinion” of the current Senator or are “not aware” of him at all.

  • Recommendation #4 – Transfer the Balance of the Voter-Owned Elections Fund

    With the 2007 passage of HB 1517, North Carolina established the “Voter-Owned Elections (VOE) Fund.” Essentially, the legislation diverted taxpayer dollars into a fund where monies were made available to finance the campaigns of Council of State candidates in the 2008 elections. The Council of State offices affected are: Auditor, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Commissioner of Insurance.

  • NC Governor Race, Why Obama Likes NC, and our Female Council

    John Davis explains why the NC governor race turned out like it did, why Obama liked North Carolina, and N.C.'s all female Council of State.

  • Young Voters Still Absent in Early Voting

    Since the 1972 election, after the adoption of the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age to 18, we regularly hear that this will be the year that “young voters” will make the difference. And just as regularly, young voters fail to show up at the polls in the numbers predicted.

  • How Do I Judge the Judges?

    One of the questions I have repeatedly received from across the state is “who are the conservative candidates for judge?” If you are confused on whom to vote for in judicial elections, you can thank many of your state legislators.

  • The Rise of the Unaffiliated Voter

    Unaffiliated voters are registering in record numbers, rivaling Democrats in their weekly increase in registration. There are 1.3 million unaffiliated voters – 22 percent of the electorate - and they are increasing more rapidly than Democrats or Republicans. While some counties still have few unaffiliated voters, the unaffiliated registration in other counties surpasses the registration of one party or the other.

  • Can Obama Win N.C.?

    It’s the question every political pundit or newspaper columnist has written or commented about. Everyone has a theory – “If Obama can register this many people or if unaffiliated voters break this way” – on the way to construct the numbers to show Obama can be competitive or win in North Carolina.

  • The Myth of the Young Voter

    Previously, the Civitas Institute explored the myth that new voters were going to overrun polling places and dramatically shift the political landscape in North Carolina. Now we turn our attention to another electoral hypothesis – that young voters, those between 18 and 25, are going to also show up in droves and they will be the ones who create the new paradigm in electoral politics.

  • Voter Registration Trends Statewide

    Statewide Voter Registration: April 2004 to August 2008 Data Source: State Board of Elections Note: Data from 2004 – 2006 is reported at most twice a year.

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