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Republican Shift? — Aug. 2016 Unaffiliated Voters Poll

August 18, 2016



Every August, we poll unaffiliated voters, the fastest-growing bloc of voters in the state, who now make up more than 29 percent of the electorate.

One key  question:

And if the election for State Legislature were held today, would you be voting for the… (ROTATE)

2010    2011    2012    2013    2014    2015    2016

39%       32%       37%      29%      28%      28%      44%     Republican

27%        29%      32%      39%      33%       30%     30%     Democratic

15%         14%        6%       16%      14%       14%       6%       Neither (DO NOT READ)

18%         24%      23%      15%      25%       27%     20%     Don’t Know (DO NOT READ)

1%              1%        2%        1%        1%           1%       *           Refused (DO NOT READ)

Note that the Republican advantage on this question is the highest it’s been since 2010, which was a good election year for the GOP. Is that a trend? More about that in our next polling spotlight.

For more on this month’s poll, click here.

For questions, or to arrange an interview, please contact Brooke Medina, communications director, at

Civitas has conducted live-caller voting in North Carolina since May 2005, and we are the only public policy organization offering statewide independent, nonpartisan data on a regular basis. Our polls have provided vital insights on what North Carolina voters think of the leaders and issues facing the state and nation.

Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to advancing conservative ideas and shrinking the size of government. Civitas fights to eliminate government barriers to freedom so that North Carolinians can live a better life.

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