Raleigh, N.C. – Despite the recent announcement of a new health care deal, North Carolina voters remain opposed to President Obama and the Democratic Congress’ health care reform package according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
In the live caller poll of 600 likely 2010 voters, 47 percent of voters were opposed to the health care reform proposal while 41 percent supported it. Twelve percent of voters were unsure.
“Since last summer we’ve polled this question and find the same six to eight point margin in opposition to health care reform,” said Civitas Institute Executive Director Francis De Luca. “Voters made up their minds early on health care reform and haven’t moved.”
There is stronger intensity in opposition to health care reform than supporting it. 36 percent of voters said they were strongly opposed while only 21 percent said they strongly supported it.
Differing opinions from members of the two main political parties is expected on this issue. Yet, it is unaffiliated voters who oppose the measure by a twelve percentage point margin (35%-47%) which send the overall numbers negative.
More Democrats oppose the health care reform proposal (26%) than Republicans who support it (14%). Republicans are much more intense in their opposition than Democrats in their support with 63 percent of Republicans “Strongly Opposed” but only 34 percent of Democrats “Strongly Supporting.”
“President Obama continues to drive a wedge between his base Democratic support and all other voters with his proposal for health care reform,” added De Luca.
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 question:
Do you support or oppose the health care plan being proposed by President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress?
Support – 41%
Oppose – 47%
Not Sure – 12%
This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted Feb. 15-18 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.