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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.

The measure to end teacher tenure had the support of 54 percent, But three out of four respondents said that North Carolina teachers are paid too little.

Asked to evaluate their local public schools, by giving them a grade, more than 50 percent gave their community schools a letter grade of “B” or better and approximately 5 percent gave their local a failing grade of “F.”

Forty-two percent of North Carolinians thought the state should make access to abortion more difficult while 38 percent believe access should be less difficult.

Over 60 percent said they favored the death penalty.

The survey of 770 North Carolina residents – not voters – was conducted between April 5 and 9th and had a margin of error of 3.53 percent.


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