Raleigh, N.C. – Amidst the heated debate between Boeing and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), 67 percent of North Carolina voters think Gov. Bev Perdue should take action to prevent the NLRB from interfering with jobs here.
Recently the NLRB, an independent federal agency whose members are appointed by the President, filed suit against the Boeing Corporation saying they should not be allowed to open a new factory in neighboring South Carolina instead of in Washington State. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and 15 other governors sent a letter to the NLRB asking it to dismiss its complaint against Boeing.
Sixty-seven percent of voters polled said they think Gov. Perdue should take similar action to prevent the NLRB from interfering in North Carolina’s job creation efforts in the future. Sixteen percent said they do not think the governor should act and 18 percent said they do not know. Further analysis reveals voters of all party affiliations think action should be taken: Republicans (77 percent), unaffiliated (75 percent), and Democrats (56 percent).
“With jobs, unemployment and the economy on everyone’s mind, voters fear that actions like those of the NLRB will only hurt the economy and mean fewer jobs,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.
While 51 percent of voters statewide felt that the NLRB could take similar action against North Carolina, those most concerned are 58 percent of voters in the Piedmont Triad, Charlotte area voters (55 percent) and 65 percent of voters in the Western region of the state. Furthermore, 76 percent of those who said they were familiar with the issue said Perdue should send a letter to the NLRB asking them to dismiss its complaint against Boeing. Sixteen percent said no to a letter and seven percent were undecided.
“If Perdue is reluctant to join fellow right-to-work state governors, this may be attributed to North Carolina being a presidential battleground state in the presidential election with the Democratic National Convention coming to Charlotte next year,” added De Luca. “It appears Perdue is siding with President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and against North Carolina workers.”
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:
“As you may know, the National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency whose members are appointed by the President, filed suit against the Boeing Corporation saying they should not be allowed to open a new factory in neighboring South Carolina instead of in Washington state. Like North Carolina, South Carolina is a right-to-work state while Washington state is not. Are you familiar with this issue?”
Yes – 39%
No – 60%
Don’t Know – 2%
“Are you afraid the National Labor Relations Board could take similar action in North Carolina and other right to work states?”
Yes – 51%
No – 21%
Don’t Know – 28%
“Governor Nikki Haley and 15 other governors sent a letter to the National Labor Relations Board asking it to dismiss its complaint against Boeing. Do you think Governor Perdue should take similar action to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from interfering in North Carolina’s job creation efforts in the future?”
Yes – 67%
No – 16%
Don’t Know – 18%
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This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted July 12-13, 2011 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 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.