Oct. 31, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099 Francis.DeLuca@nccivitas.org
RALEIGH – A new Civitas Institute poll indicates North Carolina voters blame congressional Republicans most for the government shutdown.
Forty-two (42) percent of voters said Republicans in Congress are mostly to blame for the partial shutdown of the federal government from Oct. 1 to Oct. 17. President Obama and Democrats in Washington were blamed by 31 percent, with 24 percent of voters blaming both parties.
The survey of 600 registered North Carolina voters was done Oct. 20-24. The margin of error was plus-minus 4 percent.
“North Carolina voters put more of the blame on the GOP,” said Civitas President Francis De Luca. “Democrats did not escape unscathed, and a quarter of voters say ‘a plague on both your houses.’ This voter discontent could be a potent force in next year’s elections.”
Text of question*:
In your opinion, who would you say is mostly to blame for the federal government shutdown that happened earlier this month?
31% President Obama and Democrats in Washington, DC
42% Republican Members of Congress in Washington, DC
24% Both equally
3% Don’t Know
*Due to rounding, subtotals may differ from final sums.
This poll of 600 registered voters in North Carolina was conducted October 20-24, 2013 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered general election voters in North Carolina. Twenty-five percent of the respondents were cell phone-only users. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past two general elections (2010, 2012) or be newly registered to vote since November 7, 2012.
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.”
Civitas conducts the only regular live-caller polling of North Carolina voters. For more information on Civitas polling, see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.
The Civitas Institute is a policy institute based in Raleigh, N.C. More information is available at www.nccivitas.org, or contact Jim Tynen at (919) 834-2099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.