Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina voters dislike two current state elections laws, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
Eighty-two percent of voters said they would oppose a proposal to allow 16 and 17 year olds to register to vote in North Carolina. Current law allows them to register. Seventeen percent said they support it, and 1 percent said they do not know.
“Voters strongly disagree with legislation passed by the 2009 General Assembly,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “While the intentions of this legislation may sound noble, politicians passed the law in order to gain access to the names and addresses of part of the population that prior to the change was unavailable.”
There is bipartisan opposition to allowing 16 and 17 year olds to register to vote as Republican voters strongly object to the proposal by a 90 percent-10 percent margin. Unaffiliated (79 percent-21 percent) and Democratic voters (77 percent-22 percent) also oppose the legislation.
Similarly, 58 percent of voters said they oppose allowing unregistered people to register and vote on the same day. Legislation allowing this was passed in 2007. Thirty-nine percent said they support such a proposal, and 3 percent said they do not know. Republican (76 percent-21 percent) and unaffiliated voters (61 percent-38 percent) oppose the idea, while Democratic voters are in support by a 52 percent-45 percent margin.
“Same-day registration bypasses the address verification process that all other voters undergo,” added De Luca. “North Carolina voters seem to be saying they want a system that treats all voters equally.”
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly 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:
“Would you support or oppose a proposal to allow 16 and 17 year olds to register to vote?”
Total Support – 17%
Total Oppose – 82%
Strongly Support – 9%
Somewhat Support – 9%
Somewhat Oppose – 16%
Strongly Oppose – 65%
Do Not Know – 1%
“Would you support or oppose a proposal allowing unregistered people to register and vote on the same day?
Total Support – 39%
Total Oppose – 58%
Strongly Support – 23%
Somewhat Support – 16%
Somewhat Oppose – 14%
Strongly Oppose – 45%
Do Not Know – 3%
Click here for full results and crosstabs.
This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted January 19-20 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.