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Poll: N.C. favors stimulus package

A majority of North Carolina residents support the federal economic stimulus package.

The latest Elon University Poll found that 52 percent of those surveyed support the stimulus package, while 39 percent disapprove of the package.

When asked who they trusted to do the "best job" dealing with the main issues facing the country, 46 percent said President Barack Obama, 21 percent said congressional Republicans and 10 percent said congressional Democrats.

"While North Carolinians are pessimistic about the economy, they are pinning their hopes on President Obama to lead them through the crisis," said Hunter Bacot, director of the poll.

The poll surveyed 758 North Carolina residents from Feb. 22-26. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

Update: A poll released earlier in the week by the Civitas Institute found that 50 percent of North Carolina voters support the stimulus package, while 36 percent are opposed to the package.

Civitas surveyed 600 registered voters from Feb. 16-19. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. 


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Re: Poll: N.C. favors stimulus package

Elon's views seem to be in line with the N&Os. Do you ever do polls from anyone who does not have USSR-envy?

Re: Poll: N.C. favors stimulus package

Hey people! The poll was taken in and around Elon, the capital area of liberalism of North Carolina. Know nothing students, commie pinko faculty and the surrounding area is full of people that have done nothing with their lives and are always grateful for another handout. That poll is not representative of North Carolina. The election of that idiot was also not reflective of North Carolina values.

Re: Poll: N.C. favors stimulus package

Most North Carolinians support the federal stimulus package is misleading and not even close to believable...however, most people polled favor the stimulus package sounds accurate enough to suit me. Where does one get a job taking polls? I would be good at it. I could conduct polls and make the results come out anyway you want them to......(just like the people who conducted this one)

Re: Poll: N.C. favors stimulus package

The headline link said "Most" support stimulus package. I know 'most' is a nebulous word, but can anyone really argue that 52% = most?

Re: Poll: N.C. favors stimulus package

Peter, click the link "Elon University Poll" and you can view most of the data you asked for. It doesn't appear that they collected any demographic data. The most staggering thing to me was that more than 70% of respondents supported raising the cigarette and alcohol taxes. Wow.

Re: Poll: N.C. favors stimulus package

Let me get this straight,"When asked who they trusted to do the "best job" dealing with the main issues facing the country46 percent said President Barack Obama, 21 percent said congressional Republicans and 10 percent said congressional Democrats." Obama is a Democrat. The stimulus bill was written and rammed through congress by congressional Democrats and Democrat Obama signed it. Yet Republicans were more trusted with the economy than Democrats. Does anyone else see a disconnect here?

Re: Poll: N.C. favors stimulus package

What were the questions on the poll? What was the racial makeup of the polled people? What was the economic status of the polled people? Who did the interpretation of the poll results? Elon University is a fairly diverse place in so far as groups who might conduct the poll and their political motivations for conducting the poll? Poll questions can be framed in such a fashion as to elicit the desired responses and desired result. So it is important when reviewing a report of poll results that the Demograpics of the pollees and the questions and responses be tabluated in such a fashion that the reader can determine for him/herself the slant of the poll and the validity of the results!
We can conduct a poll of N&O readers on purchase of the newspaper and come up with a result that 100% of the people polled read at least part of the N&O on a daily basis? Does that translate into 100% of the people in Wake county or in Central NC or in the State read the N&O or for that matter any newspaper at all? 100% is a good result for the advertizing department's sales, but an unfair and untruthful result knowing that the circulation of the paper is declining drastically and may result in furthur budget cuts and therefore cuts in firsthand reports of the news by N&O reporters! Is Bankruptcy near??

Re: Poll: N.C. favors stimulus package

It's an economy of bad choices.

And while knowing how many NClinians think one way or another is certainly a numeric value - it doesn't seem to present anything of value.

NClinians support a lot of things... so what? When exactly did the "Me too" factor suddenly become more than just a marketing ploy?

NClinians voted Jim Black into office - that was a bad idea, then they tolerated an "Ethics Bill" who's only notable feature was to make ethics investigations secret. And now NClinians are chirping about the economy. Seems a little counter-intuative that NClinian's opinons count for anything worthwhile.

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