This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted May 10-11, 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 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.
Reggie Medlin says
Interesting data. What part of “cut spending and not raise taxes” does Gov. Perdue not understand?
Martha Cable says
Fifty-eight percent DON’T own a gun? Where did you take these surveys,. in the middle of liberal leaning suburbia? EVERYONE I know owns a gun.
Spending more money doesn’t make the students smarter. Coming from homes with supportive parents and wanting to learn makes the difference. They only teach liberal indoctrination and how to pass test scores. To be PC they dumb down tests “so all can pass”. This country is doomed!
Mark Villee says
Although this poll apparently gives a good sample of the general populations’ opinion, it is still the minority number of people who vote that will determine the state’s and country’s direction. Moral of the story… get out and vote if you care about the state and the country.
UNLESS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS, YOU ARE DESTINED TO BE RULED BY YOUR INFERIORS.
W. Signorini says
I think the question regarding concealed carry into a bar could have been better phrased. My answer would be different depending on whether the person is drinking. I have no problem with someone who has a concealed permit carrying into a bar but think that he/she should not be allowed to consume alcohol.No one who is carrying a gun needs to be drinking. I also think your responses to the poll question would have been different with that additional requirement.
curtis fretwell says
very interesting, if accurate I cannot see how B H O & Perdue can
I hope the House & Senate will continue to dismantle the minorty
rule in N.C.
WE MUST DO WHAT IS NEEDED TO GET THE STATE ON A SOLID FOOTING.
John McLaughlin says
I for one don’t agree with the numbers on guns, most people I know have guns. As for more money for education, I do not believe that is the answer, more commitment from the students and the parents is what is needed. I do not believe the system is doing a good job with education and more money seems to make it worse. About taxes we are taxed enough now. About illegals we need tougher laws and action. What is so difficult about understanding illegal. The liberal laws and actions are what is ruining this country. No amnestity ever.
Evelyn Richards says
Being fairly new in this state, nine years, does not give you a grasp on the thinking of the people, however, a poll such as this gives a good grasp on the thinking of the people and I am pleasantly pleased with most of the results. Keeping the population aprised of what is happening in our State as well as in this United States is so vital as to where we are going in this next election.
I am a NC teacher. The new standards are a joke. If the purpose of public education is to create an informed voter, we’ve failed miserably. According to a recent poll, only 12% of HS grads are considered proficient in their knowledge of the Constitution. It didn’t measure levels of proficiency in understanding basic principles of Economics, but it should had. How can someone be an informed voter when they don’t even understand the simple time tested idea Keynesian Economics (stimulus by government) is and was a complete failure? PEOPLE create wealth! We need to conduct elections based upon objective data – this is not American Idol. By the way, if I must sacrifice as a teacher for the better good, so be it. I’ll not behave as the teachers in Wisconsin.
I think it good to know a little about public education most are NOT aware of. The State Assembly quietly eliminated the statewide gateway system whereas 3rd and 8th graders had to meet benchmark standards in order to be promoted. Principals passed them on anyway because many were considered discipline problems. Apparently, too many HS students were failing the U.S. History and Economics-Civics EOC exams. So, these were eliminated, too. Result? An ignorant electorate! But, have heart! HS football coaches won’t actually have to teach Social Studies anymore… Status quo… So, are your hard earned dollars producing better prepared students?
Patricia S. Broderick says
Regarding spending on schools, and aproval of Perdue…..there is no curing Stupid.
John S Gardiner says
You state this:
Currently, the state pays for all of the state employees’ and teacher’s health insurance costs. Teachers and state employees pay nothing. Do you support or oppose a bill passed this year by the state legislature requiring state employees and teachers to pay between 11 and 22 dollars each month for their health insurance?
My daughter is a single teacher and she does pay health insurance premiums.
what gives ?
BTW I am a Fan of Civitas
Len Tower says
There was a question about concealed cary in places that serve alcohol. What wasn’t pointed out was that the permit holder would not be allowed to drink alcohol while carrying in that establishment. Also that less than 0.29% of concealed carry permits have been revoked as of 2009 in North Carolina.
Art Wilson says
The amount of dollars spent is not the problem, it is HOW they are spent. Nothing will equal parental involvement with the kids education. The school is not a substitute parent. The schools are to educate; self esteem and discipline are the parents job.
Richard N. Strube says
Lets hold there feet to the fire and balance the budget and cut out all of these wastefull programs.Live with in our means and make our state stronger. To be rather then seem.
Alan Addington says
Concealed carry questions needed to be more specific (consuming/not consuming).
I need to take more people shooting.
We need to completely privatize education.
Francis De Luca says
For the gun question – good point on the question not pointing out that the permit holder could not consume alcohol. We will ask the question again with that information included. Thank you for the feedback.
One of the hard part about asking polling questions is that you can’t tell the person you are polling every bit of information as that would make the survey instrument so long nobody would stay around to the finish.