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NC Politics and Govt. — May 2017 Poll

May 30, 2017


Parties PS may 2017

Our May 2017 poll asked likely NC voters about their views of the two major parties, and about how they viewed the main branches of government. The key questions and responses are below:

If the 2018 election for North Carolina State Legislature were held today, would you be voting for the:

2/17     3/17     4/17     5/17

37%      35%       34%      32%     Republican candidate

42%      40%       38%     47%     Democratic candidate

10%      10%        11%       8%       Neither/Other/Independent

10%      13%        17%      13%     Don’t Know/Undecided/Need More Info


(Asked of those who said “Republican candidate” for the above question)

And would you say that that vote is more of a vote FOR the Republican, or a vote AGAINST the Democrat?

60%     For the Republican

31%     Against the Democrat

5%       Both, equally

4%       Don’t Know/ Unsure


(Asked of those who said “Democratic candidate” for the top question)

And would you say that that vote is more of a vote FOR the Democrat, or a vote AGAINST the Republican?

60%     For the Democrat

25%     Against the Republican

11%     Both, equally

4%       Don’t Know/ Unsure

(Asked of those who responded “neither” or “don’t know” for the top question)

And if you had to pick, which candidate would you lean towards?

18%     Republican candidate

14%     Democratic candidate

25%     Neither/Other/Independent

41%     Firm Undecided

1%       Refused


Generic Ballot Combined with Leaners:

36%     Republican candidate

50%     Democratic candidate

5%       Neither/Other/Independent

8%       Firm Undecided


If you had to choose, which of the following do you think cares the MOST about you and people like you?

13%     The state legislature

25%     The governor

28%     Government workers in state agencies

27%     None of them

7%       Don’t Know


Which of the following opinions comes closer to your own?

46%     (Some/Other) people say that judges today have too much power and interfere with the other branches of state government: the governor and legislature.

39%     (Some/Other) people say that judges can and should take a more active role in making sure the laws treat people fairly, even going as far as making new laws themselves.

13%     Don’t Know

2%       Refused


For more on these and the other questions in the 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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