Raleigh, N.C. – Attitudes among North Carolina voters remain bleak concerning the economy as most say it will take at least two years or more for the recession to end.
Eighty-six percent of voters think recovery is more than one year away while 62 percent said they think it will take over two years for the economy to improve and the current recession to end. Twenty-four percent said they think it will take between one and two years, while just one percent said the recession has ended.
This percentage is close to a January 2011 Civitas poll when 61 percent of voters said it would be over two years before the economy recovers, and also surpasses a May 2011 poll (60 percent said more than two years).
“This is just more evidence that voters have never accepted the announcement the recession was over and we were in recovery,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “If the economy worsens it could be bad news for any politicians that voters decide are to blame.”
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:
“Thinking 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 – 2%
Between 6 months and a year – 3%
Between 1 and 2 years – 24%
Over 2 years – 62%
Recession has ended – 1%
Don’t Know – 8%
For the full results and crosstabs, click here.
This poll of 600 likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted September 22-25, 2011 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of likely 2012 general election 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 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 at least one of the past three general elections or is newly registered since November 2, 2010.