35% of Voters Would Recall Perdue Right Now
Raleigh, N.C. – Nearly two-thirds of North Carolina voters would support a new law giving them the ability to recall elected officials according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the live caller poll of 600 voters, 64 percent would support a new law to allow voters to remove elected officials from office through a recall vote. Only 21 percent would oppose a new law. 15 percent were not sure.
19 other states have recall statutes that allow voters to remove elected officials from office.
When asked specifically if they would use a new recall provision to recall Governor Bev Perdue from office, 35 percent of voters said they would. Less than half (48 percent) said they would not recall her. 17 percent were not sure.
“Voter disgust with politicians is evident when almost two-thirds of voters say they would like to be able to recall elected officials” said Civitas Institute Senior Legislative Analyst Chris Hayes. “After just seven months in office Gov. Perdue has turned off voters such that a quarter of own party would recall her if they were able and over half the voters would at least consider removing her from office.”
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more polling information on Civitas polling see www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.
Full text of questions:
Would you support or oppose a North Carolina law that would allow voters to remove elected officials from office through a recall vote?
Strongly Support – 41%
Somewhat Support – 23%
Somewhat Oppose – 11%
Strongly Oppose – 10%
Not Sure – 15%
If North Carolina had a law allowing voters to remove elected officials from office, would you vote to recall Governor Bev Perdue?
Yes – 35%
No – 48%
Not Sure – 17%
The study of 600 registered voters was conducted July14-17, 2009 by Tel Opinion 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 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.