Press Releases

  • Civitas Poll: Voters Increasingly Skeptical of Lawmakers Ethics

    Only one third of voters think the average elected official in North Carolina is ethical and honest according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 50 percent of voters surveyed said they thought the average elected official is unethical and dishonest, 34 percent said they thought they were ethical and honest, and 15 percent of voters said they were not sure.

  • Civitas Poll: NC Not Ready to Legalize Video Poker

    Despite a legal challenge to the state’s ban on video poker and a rise in sweepstakes games that are similar in nature to video poker, a majority of voters in North Carolina are opposed to legalizing the games according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 56 percent of voters surveyed said they opposed legalizing video poker while 33 percent said they support it. Eleven percent of voters said they were not sure.

  • Civitas Poll: Voters Say “No” To Second Stimulus

    While President Barack Obama may have made a plea to Congress to take up a second economic stimulus package this year in an attempt to revive the economy, a majority of North Carolinians disagree with the proposal according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

  • Civitas Poll: Marshall Leads Democratic Field

    The race for the Democratic nomination for US Senate is wide open according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. Democratic and unaffiliated voters who are likely to vote in 2010 were asked their preference between Elaine Marshall, Cal Cunningham and Kenneth Lewis in the race to take on incumbent US Senator Richard Burr (R). Of the 390 voters surveyed, 14 percent chose Marshall, 7 percent chose Lewis and 4 percent chose Cunningham. Of the remaining voters who were polled, 75 percent of them said they were not sure.

  • Civitas Poll: Voters Divided on Privatizing ABC

    As revelations of free dinners, trips and other scandals with the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) system ripple through North Carolina, voters are deeply divided on whether to keep the system as is or to turn it over to private business.

  • Document Contradicts Basnight’s Timeline

    A document obtained by the Civitas Institute from the N.C. Division of Aquariums under a public records request shows Basnight Construction on a list of plan-holders of the pier and as an interested subcontractor in November 2008 nine months before Sen. Basnight said he was aware of his company’s interest in the project.

  • Report Finds Golden LEAF Unnecessary, Redundant

    An examination by the Civitas Institute of Golden LEAF’s grant making priorities and history suggests that the organization offers no unique benefits to the State of North Carolina. Because so many other state agencies and state-funded entities already fund the same causes, the tobacco settlement money could still be spent on the exact same programs as are currently funded by Golden LEAF, even if Golden LEAF didn’t exist.

  • Civitas Poll: Term Limits Back on Voters’ Minds

    North Carolina voters are warming back up to an idea that caught on in the mid 1990s but was never implemented – term limits. According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 73 percent said they would support term limits for members of the General Assembly. Only 19 percent said they were opposed. Eight percent said they were not sure.

  • Civitas Poll: Burr Leads Marshall by 8

    Incumbent US Senator Richard Burr leads potential Democratic challenger NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall by eight percentage points according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

  • Civitas Poll: Voters Back Board on Mandatory Year Round, Ending Diversity Assignment

    Overwhelming majorities of Wake County voters support the new School Board’s efforts to end mandatory year round schools and to end the busing for diversity policy according to a new flash poll released today by the Civitas Institute. When asked if they thought students should be assigned to mandatory year-round schools or whether parents should be given a choice between year round and traditional calendar, 74.9 percent of voters said parents should be given a choice. 18.1 percent said they supported mandatory year round schools. 7.1 percent were unsure or had no opinion.

  • Civitas Poll: Obama Favorability Remains Under 50

    President Barack Obama’s popularity among North Carolina voters remained under 50 percent for the second month in a row according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

  • Civitas Poll: Perdue Favorability Up, But Remains Negative

    Gov. Bev Perdue’s favorability numbers ticked up slightly this month, but her overall favorability rating remains a net negative according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. Perhaps more troubling for Perdue was that only 1 in 5 voters would vote to re-elect the Governor if the election were held today.

  • Civitas Poll: Voters Continue Health Care Opposition

    North Carolina voters remain opposed to efforts to reform the nation’s health care system by President Obama and Congressional Democrats. According to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute, 48 percent of North Carolina voters said they oppose the current health care reform proposal while 40 percent said they are supportive. The remaining 12 percent said they were not sure.

  • Civitas Poll: Leave Prosecutor in Place

    The federal prosecutor investigating former Democratic Gov. Mike Easley and former Democratic Sen. John Edwards should be left in place until his work is complete say the voters in North Carolina. A new poll released today by the Civitas Institute shows that 76 percent of voters think the federal prosecutor should be allowed to finish his work before being replaced. Only 11 percent of voters think he should be replaced now and 13 percent said they were not sure.

  • Civitas Crowns “Bad Bill of the Year”

    Visitors to the Civitas Institute Web site have crowned SB 848, a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to enroll in North Carolina’s community colleges and universities, as the year’s worst bill. Sponsored by Sen. Charlie Albertson (D-Duplin), it defeated HB 120, public financing of municipal campaigns, by a 63-37 margin in the final round of voting.

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