Raleigh, N.C. – While voter sentiment on the direction of both the state and nation remains pessimistic, North Carolina voters think the United States is more on the wrong track than North Carolina overall.
Sixty-three percent of voters think North Carolina has gotten off on the wrong track while 23 percent said the state is generally headed in the right direction. However, 77 percent of voters feel the United States is off on the wrong track compared to just 15 percent who think the country is headed in the right direction.
“The numbers of North Carolina voters who think the state is headed in the wrong direction is stunning, only exceeded by the numbers who think the nation is headed in the wrong direction,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.
Disapproval of the jobs that elected leaders such as Gov. Bev Perdue and President Obama are doing seems to coincide with voter opinion on the direction of the state and nation. Ninety-seven percent of those who disapprove of the President’s job performance say the United States is on the wrong track, similar to 81 percent who disapprove of the job Perdue is doing as governor and feel North Carolina is headed in the wrong direction.
“While pundits are talking about voters taking their anger out on all incumbents, it looks like they are most focused on the executive level,” added De Luca.
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:
“Do you feel things in North Carolina are generally headed in the right direction or have gotten off on the wrong track?”
Right Direction – 23%
Wrong Track – 63%
Don’t Know/Unsure – 13%
Refused – 1%
“Do you feel things in the United States are generally headed in the right direction or have gotten off on the wrong track?”
Right Direction – 15%
Wrong Track – 77%
Don’t Know/Unsure – 8%
Refused – 1%
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.