A few of the items from today’s Civitas Poll Lunch you might find eye-opening.
— Rob Christensen of the N&O pointed out that $38M has been spent on presidential ads in NC, yet “the meter has not been moved.” People may be tuning out the ads psychologically, or via Tivo.
If so, that might give an edge to the Democrats and their superior “ground game.”
— Civitas Poll: Tea Party has 45 percent unfavorable rating. Francis X. De Luca, Civitas president, says that means you may be hearing a lot of attack ads mentioning the tea party.
–Civitas Poll: On the economy: 62 percent of the likely voters not only think we’re still in a recession, they expect it to take two years or more to get out of it. Yikes!
Demographically, there are no Pollyannas; there is no subgroup that thinks the recession is over.
The poll has other economic data we plan to write about soon. All I’ll say for now is our poll gives a stark picture about employment.
–Christensen: “North Carolina is Middle America,” politically and ideologically. That makes it a battleground on three levels: the presidential, gubernatorial and congressional races. And because NC elections over the decades are among the closest in the U.S., both parties will be putting big efforts into winning here, for efforts may have big payoffs.
The next poll luncheon is August 30, again in Raleigh. Info here.