Civitas Poll: Voters Prefer Legislature’s Budget

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Aug. 7, 2012
CONTACT: Jim Tynen (919) 834-2099

Raleigh, N.C. – The newest Civitas Poll indicates a majority of North Carolina voters prefer the General Assembly’s final 2012-2013 budget, passed over Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto, to the governor’s own budget.

In the poll, 57 percent of voters favored the Legislature’s budget, which held the line on taxes; only 27 percent were in favor of Perdue’s budget plan, which included a tax increase.

“It is simple — voters want less spending and do not want higher taxes,” Civitas President Francis X. De Luca said. “The next General Assembly and the new governor will have to accept this reality when they take office next year.”

Text of question:

Recently Governor Perdue vetoed the state budget passed by the legislature.  Please tell me which of the following budgets you prefer:

57%     The State Legislature’s vetoed budget which increased state spending on education gave state employees their first pay raise in 4 years and did not raise taxes.

27%     Governor Perdue’s budget plan which raised taxes to make up for federal stimulus funds that went to education and are ending this year, gave state employees larger pay raises and increased overall state spending.

6%       Neither

9%       Don’t Know

1%       Refused

For crosstabs, click here.

About the Poll:

This poll of 600 registered 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted July 16-18, 2012 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ.  All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered 2012 general election 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.

The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina.  For more information on Civitas polling, see

Information on future polls will be available at Civitas Poll Lunches later this month and in September.

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About Jim Tynen

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This article was posted in Press Releases by Jim Tynen on August 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM.

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