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State Employees — May 2017 Poll

June 6, 2017


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Our May 2017 poll asked likely NC voters two  questions related to employees of the state government. The questions and responses are as follows:

Please tell me which of the following opinions comes closer to your own, when it comes to the state of North Carolina using taxpayer-funded resources to provide dues check-off services for private associations such as the North Carolina Association of Educators, the State Employees Association of North Carolina and local Teamster organization …

22%     (Some/Other) people say that the state providing these dues check-off services is an appropriate use of taxpayer funded resources.

64%     (Other/Some) people say that private organizations should have to collect the dues themselves, and taxpayer funded resources should not be used for it.

14%     Don’t know/ Need more information


Currently, state employees in North Carolina receive a defined-benefit pension, meaning that they receive fixed payments until death after they retire. They must work at least 5 years to qualify for a pension. This pension fund currently has unfunded liabilities of $5.2 billion dollars, which state taxpayers will likely have to fund. Which of the following options would be BEST, when it comes to NEW North Carolina state employees…

63%     New state employees should be enrolled into a 401(k) style plan which does not carry with it any risk of unfunded liabilities.

25%     New state employees should continue to receive defined-benefit pension plans, and taxpayers should cover any shortfall or liability.

12%     Don’t know/need more information

1%       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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