RALEIGH – Civitas polling finds Congressman Robert Pittenger, incumbent in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, with a substantial lead over challengers Mark Harris and Clarence Goins.
“Congressman Pittenger appears to have a firm lead on this race,” said Donald Bryson, president of the Civitas Institute. “However, there are still 55 days until the Primary Election Day and a lot can happen.”
Likely Republican primary voters in the 9th district were asked, “If the Republican Primary for United States House of Representatives were today, and you were filling out your ballot right now, who would you vote for?”
52% Robert Pittenger
7% Clarence Goins
20% Mark Harris
The Hill listed this primary as one of “Seven primary races to watch in 2018.”
This poll also found a sweeping majority of respondents in favor of steel and aluminum tariffs. Those surveyed were asked, “Do you support or oppose imposing a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports?”
16% Not Sure
When asked if they would support these tariffs if it affected the price of goods that they purchase, the support dropped to 53% while opposition rose by 9%.
“The true surprise in this poll is the amount of support for steel and aluminum tariffs. Even after voters are aware of potential increase costs to goods, a majority still support the tariffs,” said Bryson.
The strongest opinion expressed in this poll was Republican primary voter sentiment regarding the National Rifle Association (NRA). 81% of those surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of the NRA.
When voters were asked if they thought the NRA had too much, too little, or just the right amount of influence in Washington:
17% Too Much Influence
25% Too Little Influence
52% Right Amount
5% Not Sure
SurveyUSA interview 1,000 registered voters from North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District 3/9/18 through 3/13/18 exclusively for Civitas Institute. Of the registered voters, 575 were determined to be likely to vote in North Carolina’s May 8 primary election. Of the likely voters, 375 were determined to likely vote in the Republican primary. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Margin of error varies based on question. Please see full results for more information.
Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization that fights to remove barriers to freedom so that all North Carolinians can enjoy a better life.