RALEIGH – The first Civitas poll of the 2018 mid-term election year found that 64 percent of potential voters support a “Right to Work” constitutional amendment. The full text of the question reads as follows:
Would you support or oppose a constitutional amendment that states “The right to work and therefore the right of persons to work shall not be denied or abridged on account of membership or non-membership in any labor organization?
64% Total Support
21% Total Oppose
42% Strongly Support
22% Somewhat Support
7% Somewhat Oppose
14% Strongly Oppose
13% Don’t Know/No Opinion
“This poll result shows a clear aversion to ‘Big Labor’ in the Tar Heel State, with a clear majority of potential voters supporting workers’ rights being codified in the state constitution,” said Civitas President Donald Bryson.
North Carolina became a “Right to Work” state on March 18, 1947.
Bryson continued, “However, the surprise really lies in the crosstabs of this question. Given the current political climate and pressure from the progressive left, it is surprising that self-identified Independents and Democrats support this constitutional amendment at a higher rate than Republicans – at 67%, 65%, and 61%, respectively. I would say that speaks well of potential passage in November, if the state Senate chooses to act on House Bill 819 this year.
Crosstabs for this question can be found here.
Full results of the poll will be released this week and tickets for the Thursday poll lunch can be purchased here.
This poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters (30% on cell phones) with a margin of error +/- 3.10%. This survey was taken February 6-8, 2018. A copy of the crosstabs, in their entirety, will be released later this week.
Civitas has conducted live-caller voting in North Carolina since May 2005, 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 think of the leaders and issues facing the state.
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.