Raleigh, N.C. – 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.
These numbers are basically static from Civitas’ polling in October when 49 percent said they were opposed and 40 percent said they supported Obama’s plan. North Carolina’s opinion of the health care reform package tracks almost identically to national numbers on the subject. Rasmussen Reports released polling numbers earlier today that showed nationwide opposition was 51 percent, with 41 percent support.
“Voters across North Carolina are still not convinced the current health care reform proposal is the right direction for the nation,” said Civitas Institute Executive Director Francis De Luca. “Despite passage last month by the U.S. House of Representatives, opposition remains stiff.”
When specifically asked about providing coverage for abortions in the health care reform package, voters resoundingly panned the idea: 69 percent said they were in opposition, while only 24 percent said they supported it.
“As we’ve seen time and time again in polling on the health care reform plan, the more voters know about the specifics of the plan, the more their opposition grows,” added De Luca.
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. Full results of the poll will be revealed on the Civitas Institute’s Web site at www.nccivitas.org in the coming weeks or join us for our monthly poll luncheon at the Brownstone Hotel in Raleigh on December 10 at 11:45 a.m.
Full text of questions:
Do you support or oppose the overall health care plan being proposed by President Obama and Congress?
Strongly Support – 24%
Somewhat Support – 16%
Somewhat Oppose – 10%
Strongly Oppose – 38%
Not Sure – 12%
Do you support or oppose providing coverage for abortions in a health care reform plan?
Strongly Support – 12%
Somewhat Support – 12%
Somewhat Oppose – 13%
Strongly Oppose – 56%
Not Sure – 7%
This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted Dec 1-3, 2009 by Tel Opinion Research of Arlington, 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 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.