Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina voters remain negative on economic recovery as 60 percent believe it will take over 2 years for the recession to end, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
Sixty percent of voters said they think it will take over 2 years for the economy to improve and the recession to end. Twenty-two percent said it will take between 1 and 2 years, while just 3 percent said the recession has ended.
These numbers are worse than a January 2011 Civitas poll. When asked, 18 percent thought the recession had ended. Of the 81 percent who thought the recession was ongoing, 61 percent thought it would take over 2 years for the recession to end and 9 percent said recovery would happen in 6 months to 1 year.
“Voters continue to hold a very negative outlook on the economy recovering quickly,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “A stale economy, state budget headlines, and ongoing high unemployment have created a dismal outlook for most North Carolinians and most appear resigned to a long, sluggish recovery.”
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:
“Talking about the economy, in your opinion, how much longer do you think it will take for the economy to improve and the current recession to end? If you think the current recession has ended just say so.”
Under 6 months – 1%
Between 6 months and a year – 7%
Between 1-2 years – 22%
Over 2 years – 60%
Recession has ended – 3%
Don’t Know – 7%
Click here for full results and crosstabs.
This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted May 10-11 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote 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 two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote since 2008.