North Carolina law currently provides no mechanism for voters to remove elected officials from office outside of normal elections. According to this month’s Civitas poll, 64 percent of voters would support a new North Carolina law providing them the ability to have just that.
Not too surprising.
What is surprising is that a majority voters are open to recalling Governor Perdue from office. 35% would support it, 17% are not sure and 48% are opposed.
So despite not having been involved in any scandals or accused of any crimes, 52% of the population isn’t opposed to removing the sitting governor from office. If that doesn’t say something about their feelings on her handling of the budget and economy, I don’t know what does.
What’s even more surprising that over a quarter of the governor’s own party (28%) would recall her. To lose that significant of a portion of your base vote that they want to remove you from office is going to be very difficult for her to ever get back. The best thing Perdue has going for her for re-election in 2012 is Obama is going to be on the ticket again.
Full results and crosstabs are here.