Sept. 29, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099 Francis.Deluca@nccivitas.org
RALEIGH – Republican state Sen. Wesley Meredith leads Democrat William O. “Billy” Richardson by 14 percentage points in the NC Senate District 19 race, according to a new Civitas Flash Poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
In the flash poll, 300 registered voters from the Cumberland County district were interviewed Sept. 23-24. The survey had a margin of error of plus/minus 5.8 percent.
In the poll, 52 percent said they planned to vote for Meredith, with 38 percent choosing Richardson. Ten percent were undecided.
When asked if they viewed the candidates favorably or unfavorably, 41 percent said they were neutral about Meredith or had no opinion. Fifty-six percent were neutral or had no opinion of Richardson.
Asked if they approved of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, 35 percent approved, 58 percent disapproved, and 7 percent were not sure.
Fifty-three percent approved of the job Pat McCrory is doing as governor, while 40 percent disapproved and 7 percent were not sure.
Sen. District 19 is rated as a D+3 district on the Civitas Partisan Index, which rates the relative partisan voting habits of legislative districts. For more on the CPI, click here.
Full text of questions*:
In the election for state legislature this fall, will you vote for … the Republican candidate? Or the Democratic candidate?
Is your opinion of Wesley Meredith … favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or, do you have no opinion of Wesley Meredith?
11% No Opinion
Is your opinion of William O. (Billy) Richardson … favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or, do you have no opinion of William O. (Billy) Richardson?
22% No Opinion
If the election for State Senate were today, would you vote for … Republican Wesley Meredith? Or Democrat William O. (Billy) Richardson?
52% Wesley Meredith (R)
38% William O. (Billy) Richardson (D)
In general, is the state of North Carolina headed in the right direction? Or is it off on the wrong track?
43% Right Direction
41% Wrong Track
17% Not Sure
Which one of the following issues is the most important for the state government to address: New Jobs? The economy? Taxes? Government spending? Public education? Health care costs? Government corruption? Illegal immigration? The environment? Or some other issue?
14% New Jobs
9% Government Spending
19% Public Education
4% Health Care Costs
4% Government Corruption
13% Illegal Immigration
5% Other/Not Sure
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President?
7% Not Sure
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Pat McCrory is doing as Governor?
7% Not Sure
If the election for United States Senator from North Carolina were today, would you vote for … Republican Thom Tillis? Democrat Kay Hagan? Or Libertarian Sean Haugh?
53% Thom Tillis (R)
39% Kay Hagan (D)
5% Sean Haugh (L)
On Election Day in November, what would you say would be your primary motive to vote? Will you be more motivated to vote based on … North Carolina specific issues, like state spending, education, and specific state laws and policies? Or national issues like Obamacare, the current administration, and foreign policy?
43% North Carolina-Specific Issues
55% National issues
0% Won’t Be Motivated
2% Not Sure
*Because of rounding, totals may not equal 100.
For crosstabs, click here.
About the Poll: This poll of 300 registered was conducted by telephone in the voice of a professional announcer Sept. 23-24, 2014. Respondent households were selected at random, using Random Digit Dialed (RDD) sample provided by Survey Sampling, of Fairfield CT. Research methodology, questionnaire design and fieldwork for this survey were completed by SurveyUSA of Clifton, NJ.
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