December 10, 2015
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RALEIGH – The latest Civitas poll included questions on key political attitudes, including likely NC voters’ views on marijuana legalization, sanctuary cities, and the economic recession.
The majority of North Carolinians, 53 percent, support recent legislation passed in our state that prohibits sanctuary cities. By the same percentage, NC voters oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana use in our state.
A majority also believe that the economic recession is not over and 41 percent believe it will not be over for at least another 2 years. Since the start of the Great Recession, Civitas polls have consistently reported similar results.
Forty-seven percent also believe view renewable energy standards as an energy tax and believe they increase our electricity bills and put an unnecessary burden on businesses.
The text of these questions and others can be found below:
How much longer do you think it will take for the economy to improve and the current recession to end? If you think the current recession has ended just say so.
2/15 7/15 11/15
1% 2% 3% Under 6 months
6% 5% 8% Between 6 months and a year
17% 16% 25% Between 1 and 2 years
48% 54% 41% Over 2 years
21% 16% 14% Recession has ended
7% 8% 9% Don’t Know
— — — Refused
Contract employees do not get some of the benefits that full-time employees have, but they usually have more flexibility in terms of hours and schedule. Should individuals have the right to work as contract employees, if they choose to or while looking for full-time work?
7% Don’t Know
In 2007, the state Legislature enacted renewable energy standards, which require a certain percentage of energy provided by utilities to come from renewable sources. The new law also allows utility customers to charge higher rates to consumers and businesses to subsidize this effort. Please tell me which of the following comes closer to your own opinion when it comes to these standards.
45% (Some/Other) people say that the renewable energy standards help to increase the development of solar, wind and other alternative energy sources.
47% (Other/Some) people say that the renewable energy standards increase our electricity bills, put an unnecessary burden on business, and are essentially an energy tax.
7% Don’t Know
“Sanctuary City” laws allow local governments to ignore federal law when it comes to immigration status. For example, under Sanctuary City laws, law enforcement is not required to share immigrant information with federal authorities. A new law just passed in North Carolina prohibits sanctuary cities. Do you support or oppose the law that specifically prohibits sanctuary cities in North Carolina?
53% Total Support
35% Total Oppose
43% Strongly Support
11% Somewhat Support
12% Somewhat Oppose
22% Strongly Oppose
12% Don’t Know/ Need More Information
Do you favor or oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in North Carolina?
43% Total Favor
53% Total Oppose
26% Strongly Favor
17% Somewhat Favor
10% Somewhat Oppose
43% Strongly Oppose
3% Don’t Know/ Need More Information (DO NOT READ)
1% Refused (DO NOT READ)
(Due to rounding, totals may not equal 100.)
Crosstabs can be found here.
The poll surveyed etc. 600 registered voters (30% on cell phones) with a margin of error of +/- 4.00%. This survey was taken November 10-12, 2015.
Civitas conducts the only regular live-caller voting in North Carolina, and we are the only organization offering independent, nonpartisan data on current opinion. In the decade we’ve been conducting them, our polls have provided vital insights on what North Carolina voters truly think of the leaders and issues facing the state and nation.
Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to creating a North Carolina whose citizens enjoy liberty and prosperity derived from limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement. To that end, Civitas develops and advocates for conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all North Carolinians.