Raleigh, N.C. – While President Barack Obama may have made a plea to Congress to take up a second economic stimulus package this year in an attempt to revive the economy, a majority of North Carolinians disagree with the proposal according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 59 percent of voters said they oppose Congress passing a second stimulus bill while only 31 percent said they support the idea. Ten percent said they were not sure.
“Despite double-digit unemployment here in North Carolina, voters are keenly aware that more government spending and debt is not going to solve our problems,” said Civitas Institute Executive Director Francis De Luca.
A second stimulus package is not even supported among President Obama’s own party as 44 percent of Democrats said they were opposed to it while 41 percent supported it. Among unaffiliates (69 percent) and Republicans (72 percent), opposition grows significantly.
“President Obama stood before Congress and the nation last night and said he had gotten the message, but by proposing a second stimulus bill, it is clear he really doesn’t understand why voters are upset,” 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 Congress passing a second stimulus bill in an attempt to improve the economy?
Support – 31%
Oppose – 59%
Not Sure – 10%
This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted Jan. 19-21 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.