Raleigh, N.C. – Almost two thirds of North Carolina voters believe government is most responsible for the recession, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 64 percent of voters said they think government is the most responsible for the recession that our nation is currently experiencing. Twenty-two percent said business is responsible, and 14 percent said they are not sure.
This is a 10 percent increase since an October 2008 Civitas poll when 54 percent of voters said they most blame government for the nation’s current financial crisis.
“Voters have made up their minds and government, not business, is the problem,” said Civitas Institute Francis De Luca.
There is bipartisan agreement among North Carolina voters that government is the most responsible for the recession. Looking at party affiliation, Republicans blame government by a 73 percent-17 percent margin along with unaffiliated voters (62 percent-21 percent). Democrats also hold government responsible by 59 percent-26 percent.
“The political atmosphere for those in charge has been toxic for the last year. These numbers are just one more sign that voters have decided who to blame,” added De Luca.
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.
Full text of question:
“Who is most responsible for the recession that our nation is currently experiencing?”
Government – 64%
Business – 22%
Not Sure – 14%
Click here for full results and crosstabs.
This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted October 18-20, 2010 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.