Raleigh, N.C. – Sixty-six percent of North Carolina voters support stopping funding for the Golden Leaf Foundation and other non-profits rather than raising taxes, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
Sixty-six percent of voters said they think North Carolina should stop funding private organizations like the North Carolina Rural Center, the Health and Wellness Fund and the Golden Leaf Foundation instead of raising taxes by about 500 million dollars to continue funding them. Seventeen percent said they think taxes should be raised, and 17 percent said they do not know or did not answer.
“Golden Leaf, the NC Rural Center and other non-profits have unelected and unaccountable boards that dole out taxpayers’ money, many of whom were awarded their Board seat after generous campaign contributions to those in charge of their appointment,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “Voters clearly would rather cut these funds than raise taxes.”
Analyzing party registration, Republicans strongly support ending funding for these organizations (82 percent-9 percent) along with unaffiliated voters (58 percent-17 percent). Democratic voters think funding should be stopped versus raising taxes by a 57 percent-22 percent margin.
“Many of the non-profit efforts duplicate other efforts of local and state government without the safeguards and transparency of a public agency,” added De Luca. “At a time of heightened awareness about efficiency and reducing duplicate programs, the Rural Center and Golden Leaf should be at the top of the list.”
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:
“In your opinion, do you think that North Carolina should stop funding private organizations like the North Carolina Rural Center, the Health and Wellness Fund and the Golden Leaf Foundation or should the state raise taxes by about 500 million dollars to continue funding them?”
Stop Funding – 66%
Raise Taxes to Fund – 17%
Don’t Know/Other/Refused – 17%
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.