An examination by the Civitas Institute of Golden LEAF’s grant making priorities and history suggests that the organization offers no unique benefits to the State of North Carolina. Because so many other state agencies and state-funded entities already fund the same causes, the tobacco settlement money could still be spent on the exact same programs as are currently funded by Golden LEAF, even if Golden LEAF didn’t exist.
North Carolina voters are warming back up to an idea that caught on in the mid 1990s but was never implemented – term limits. According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 73 percent said they would support term limits for members of the General Assembly. Only 19 percent said they were opposed. Eight percent said they were not sure.
Incumbent US Senator Richard Burr leads potential Democratic challenger NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall by eight percentage points according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
Overwhelming majorities of Wake County voters support the new School Board’s efforts to end mandatory year round schools and to end the busing for diversity policy according to a new flash poll released today by the Civitas Institute. When asked if they thought students should be assigned to mandatory year-round schools or whether parents should be given a choice between year round and traditional calendar, 74.9 percent of voters said parents should be given a choice. 18.1 percent said they supported mandatory year round schools. 7.1 percent were unsure or had no opinion.
President Barack Obama’s popularity among North Carolina voters remained under 50 percent for the second month in a row according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
Gov. Bev Perdue’s favorability numbers ticked up slightly this month, but her overall favorability rating remains a net negative according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. Perhaps more troubling for Perdue was that only 1 in 5 voters would vote to re-elect the Governor if the election were held today.
North Carolina voters remain opposed to efforts to reform the nation’s health care system by President Obama and Congressional Democrats. According to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute, 48 percent of North Carolina voters said they oppose the current health care reform proposal while 40 percent said they are supportive. The remaining 12 percent said they were not sure.
The federal prosecutor investigating former Democratic Gov. Mike Easley and former Democratic Sen. John Edwards should be left in place until his work is complete say the voters in North Carolina. A new poll released today by the Civitas Institute shows that 76 percent of voters think the federal prosecutor should be allowed to finish his work before being replaced. Only 11 percent of voters think he should be replaced now and 13 percent said they were not sure.
Visitors to the Civitas Institute Web site have crowned SB 848, a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to enroll in North Carolina’s community colleges and universities, as the year’s worst bill. Sponsored by Sen. Charlie Albertson (D-Duplin), it defeated HB 120, public financing of municipal campaigns, by a 63-37 margin in the final round of voting.
Republicans Lead Generic Ballot for only 2nd time in 4 years
N.C. voters are continuing to lose support for the current health care bill set to be voted upon in the U.S. Congress this week according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. According to the poll of 600 likely voters, 49.3 percent of voters said they disapproved of the current health care plan being proposed by President Obama and Congress. Of the remaining who were polled, 40.3 percent of them said they supported the plan and 10.3 percent said they had no opinion.
With the N.C. House and Senate Finance Committees set to convene in Raleigh tomorrow to debate reforming the state’s tax code, a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute shows that a majority of voters are opposed to the central plank of the plan – reducing state sales and income taxes while extending the sales tax to services.
Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr holds a 10-point lead over potential Democratic rival, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
Gov. Bev Perdue returns from her trade mission to Japan and China to find a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute that shows nearly three-fourths of voters disapprove of her journey.
With the State Board of Elections set to convene history-making hearings into the campaign finances of former Governor Mike Easley, a new poll released shows current Governor Bev Perdue is thought of more unfavorably than Easley by the voters of North Carolina.