The September poll results released today by Civitas clearly define where GOP support for General Assembly races is found: Governor Perdue’s unfavorable rating of 45%.
One must assume it is no accident that the GOP leads on the generic ballot for state legislature with 44%. Similarly, 45% of voters say the state GOP shares their values and beliefs; 44% say the state GOP offers better solutions for North Carolina; and 45% indicate a desire for the GOP to lead the state. These numbers each represent a plurality wherein the GOP leads Democrats by 8%-10% on each question. Those voters who have an unfavorable opinion of Governor Perdue seem to associate the governor with all Democrats.
Additionally, unaffiliated voters favor the GOP by a wide margin. By a 48%-24% margin, unaffiliated voters say that the GOP shares their values and beliefs. Unaffiliated voters also say that the GOP offers better solutions for North Carolina by a 47%-21% margin and that they would prefer that the GOP led the state by a 44%-27% margin. The trend of unaffiliated voters looking like Republicans continues.
Voters are seeking alternative leadership and fresh ideas. The fact that only 31% of voters feel that North Carolina is headed in the right direction, contrasted by the 53% who feel that the state is heading in the wrong direction, further indicates that the electorate desires to shift course. Although that number may be more strongly correlated with President Obama’s disapproval rating of 56%, it clearly shows voters’ displeasure with the status quo.