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North Carolina residents on speed limits, motorcycle helmets, divorce, teacher tenure, early voting

Raising speed limits? By all means. Doffing motorcycle helmets and extending the waiting period for divorce? Not so much.

That is the result of a new Elon University Poll on proposals being considered by the state legislature.

The proposal to increase the speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour on certain interstates had the support of 58 percent of North Carolinians, according to the poll.

But 74 percent opposed changing the state law to allow motorcyclists to ride without a helmet.

The proposal to extend the waiting period for a divorce from one year to two years was opposed by 69 percent of state residents, the survey found.

The bill to reduce early voting from two-and-half-weeks to one-and weeks was opposed by 59 percent of the respondents.

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The Great Divide: McCrory popular, legislature not

Gov. Pat McCrory remains popular among North Carolinians, but Tar Heels have a low opinion of the state legislature, according to a new state-wide poll.

McCrory has a job approval rating of 42 percent with only 26 percent of voters disapproving of the way he handles his office, according to The Elon Poll. But 32 percent said they were not sure of whether they approved or disapproved of the job he is doing.

Only 33 percent approved of the job the legislature was doing, while 41 percent disapproved and 26 percent were unsure.

The Elon Poll surveyed 891 resident between Feb. 24-28 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.28 percent.

North Carolina voters support new gun restrictions and Voter ID

A majority of North Carolinians support further gun regulations and support a new voter ID law, according to a new poll.

The Elon Poll found that nine out of 10 support background checks, 83 percent said they support waiting periods before citizens can purchase handguns, 56 percent support the banning of the sale of semi-automatic assault rifles, while 55 percent would limit the number of rounds of ammunition in clips or magazines.

The survey also found that 72 percent of North Carolinians support the idea of requiring voters to show photo identification before being allowed to vote. More than 97 percent of the respondents said they have some form of photo identification.

The survey of 891 residents was conducted Feb. 24-28 and had a margin of error of 3.28 percent.

Morning Memo: McCrory concerned about payday lending, GOP activist hired as lobbyist

TODAY AT THE STATEHOUSE: The GOP kerfuffle about sweeping clean state board appointees continues in a House Rules Committee meeting this morning (read more about it below). Gov. Pat McCrory makes remarks at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development Life Science Conference. Senate convenes at 11 a.m. and a controversial measure about control of the Charlotte airport is on the calendar. The House starts at 1 p.m. to consider a bill about using lottery funds for digital education, as the governor pitched in his State of the State address.

McCRORY VOICES CONCERN ABOUT PAYDAY LENDING BILL: The Republican governor is expressing skepticism about a bill to legalize payday lending -- one of the most moneyed efforts this legislative session. From AP: "McCrory spokeswoman Crystal Feldman said Wednesday the governor has objections to a Senate bill that would reinstitute a class of loans of up to $500 for which lenders could charge fees reaching $75. Industry representatives say the government-regulated loans provide a needed credit option for people with nowhere else to go. Feldman says this and similar legislation don't align with McCrory's objective to lessen the financial burden of families. She says high-risk loans put families in danger of incurring debt."

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Elon Poll: Pack wants Romney, Heels back Obama

It turns out Wolfpack fans overwhelmingly like red on the court and in the voting booth, and that Tar Heels similarly stick with blue on Election Day. Blue Devils land somewhere in the middle.

As part of the latest Elon University Poll, people around North Carolina were asked whether they support Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. 

Rasmussen poll gives McCrory double-digit lead in governor's race

Which Rasmussen poll do you believe: The one from last month showing Republican Pat McCrory with a narrow lead in the governor's race? Or the one this month giving him a 13-point advantage against Democrat Walter Dalton?

Most polls don't show the race swinging so widly from one month to the next. The Republican-leaning Rasmussen poll released Monday gives McCrory with 51 percent compared to 38 percent for Dalton with 10 percent undecided.

Civitas poll: McCrory plus-16 on Dalton in governor's race

Updated: The conservative Civitas Institute released a poll Friday showing Republican Pat McCrory with a 16-point lead against rival Walter Dalton, though the sample appears skewed in McCrory's favor.

The poll shows McCrory getting 31 percent of the black vote, which strategists believe is unlikely.

Civitas released only a few poll questions and no numbers about the sample or methodology. The robo-poll was conducted Sept. 4-6 by contacting 500 registered voters. It's margin of error is 4.5 percent.

Health care law unpopular in N.C.

The health care act pushed through Congress by President Obama remains unpopular in North Carolina, according to a new poll.

A new Elon Poll found that 46 percent of Tar Heel residents – not voters -- believe the changes in the health care law are a bad thing, while 38 percent think it is a good thing and 9 percent don't know how they feel.

The constitutionality of the law -- which Republicans refer to as Obamacare -- is now being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The poll, conducted April 22-25, surveyed 640 North Carolina resident and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.87 percent.

Elon poll: North Carolinians support 'Buffett rule,' super PAC restrictions

A new Elon poll found 63 percent of North Carolinians support tougher regulations on super PACs and an equal proportion favor the so-called "Buffett rule."

The poll of all North Carolina residents -- not likely voters -- shows a split on President Barack Obama's favorability: 49 percent support and 42 percent oppose of his job performance. Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's numbers are 28 percent favorable and 43 percent unfavorable with the remainder undecided.

The numbers don't translate evenly to the November election because not all residents vote. The poll's margin of error is plus-or-minus 3.87 percentage points. Click the link below for full results.


Elon poll shows attitudes shifting slightly on same-sex marriage

A new Elon poll of all North Carolinians -- not just likely voters -- shows attitudes shifting ever so slightly on the issue of marriage rights or legal recognition for same-sex couples.

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