Raleigh, N.C. – While having seen a drop in support since 2010, Republicans still hold the generic ballot lead among North Carolina’s unaffiliated voters.
When asked for whom they would vote if the election for state legislature were held today, 32 percent of respondents said the Republican candidate while 29 percent said they would vote for the Democrat. Twenty-four percent said they do not know.
Voters age 18-25 (33 percent), 56-65 (35 percent), and 66+ (42 percent) would vote for the Republican candidate if votes were cast today. Conversely, 34 percent of voters in the 26-40 demographic and those 41-55 (34 percent) said they would choose the Democratic candidate.
“Republicans in the legislature should be pleased with these results,” said Civitas Institute president Francis De Luca. “It was unrealistic to expect to maintain the huge numbers from 2010 but after the overwhelmingly negative news coverage of the just completed General Assembly session these are respectable numbers.”
The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.
Full Text of Question:
“If the election for state legislature were held today, would you be voting for the…”
Republican candidate – 32%
Democratic candidate – 29%
Neither – 14%
Don’t Know/Refused – 25%
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This poll of 400 unaffiliated general election voters in North Carolina was conducted August 15-16 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of unaffiliated voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past three general elections (2006, 2008, 2010) or be newly registered to vote since November 2, 2010.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 400 interviews (registered voters) will be within +/-4.9% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every unaffiliated voter in North Carolina who had voted in at least one of the past three general elections or is newly registered since November 2, 2010.