Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina voters are generally unfamiliar with Council of State officials such as Lieutenant Governor and the Commissioner of Labor.
North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry is viewed favorably by 21 percent of voters while six percent view her unfavorably. Twenty percent said they have heard of her but have no opinion, and 52 percent have never heard of her.
Twenty-two percent of voters have an opinion of Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton: 13 percent favorable, nine percent unfavorable. Twenty-four percent have heard of him but do not have an opinion while 54 percent have never heard of him.
Nineteen percent of voters hold a favorable opinion of North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson as three percent view her unfavorably. Seventeen percent of voters said they have heard of her but do not have an opinion, and 61 percent said they have never heard of her.
“The results here clearly show that while Council of State races may be discussed around Raleigh, voters across North Carolina are mostly unfamiliar with these officials,” said Civitas Institute Communications Director Katie Trout.
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 Questions:
“Now I am going to read you a list of people and organizations active in politics. After I read each name, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person or organization. If you have never heard of them, just tell me and we’ll go on to the next one.”
Total Favorable – 19%
Total Unfavorable – 3%
Heard of/No Opinion – 17%
Never Heard of – 61%
Total Favorable – 21%
Total Unfavorable – 6%
Heard of/No Opinion – 20%
Never Heard of – 52%
Total Favorable – 13%
Total Unfavorable – 9%
Heard of/No Opinion – 24%
Never Heard of – 54%
For the full results and crosstabs, click here.
This poll of 600 likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted October 17-18 2011 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of probable 2012 general election voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in 2006 or 2008 or be newly registered to vote since November 5, 2008. (November 5 is the day after the election)
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 the 2006 or 2008 general elections or is newly registered since November 5, 2008.