Voters Expect Results on Economy, Education
Raleigh, N.C. – A new poll released today by Civitas Institute reveals that voters in North Carolina are guardedly optimistic about Gov. Bev Perdue’s job performance in office so far and the expectations she has set out for the future.
According to 600 sampled voters, when asked how they would rate Perdue’s performance as Governor, so far 47 percent of them said they approved of her job performance, while only 8 percent said they disapproved. However, 45 percent of said voters have not yet formed an opinion.
“With a 6 to 1 approve-disapprove ratio early in her term, voters’ optimism towards Gov. Perdue’s term is apparent,” said Francis De Luca, executive director of the Civitas Institute. “However, with nearly half of voters not yet forming an opinion on her job performance, it shows many voters remain guarded in their enthusiasm.”
When asked which issue they think Gov. Perdue will be most successful at accomplishing during her term, 27 percent said they believe it will be improving the economy and creating jobs, 19 percent said improving education, while 10 percent said improving roads and highways.
Fifty-nine percent of voters said tackling the economy and unemployment should be Gov. Perdue’s highest priority in office. No other volunteered response garnered double-digit support.
“Expectations are very high that Gov. Perdue will be able to help turn around North Carolina’s economy,” De Luca added. “Voters are expecting to see results.”
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues and policies facing North Carolina. Complete results of the poll will be released at noon on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Clarion Hotel in downtown Raleigh during the monthly poll luncheon hosted by Civitas.
The study of 600 registered voters was conducted Jan. 19-22, 2009. 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 2004, 2006 or 2008 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2008.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent 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 it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in either the 2004, 2006 or 2008 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2008.