A Civitas Institute poll released Wednesday shows that by a margin of two to one North Carolinians think cutting taxes is more beneficial to them than increased state spending.
When asked which option would be most beneficial to their financial situation, 47 percent responded “cutting state taxes to boost the economy,” while 24 percent answered “increasing state spending to boost the economy.”
Eighteen percent said that they would want the state to leave things as they currently are, and 11 percent had no opinion or needed more information.
Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “While Governor Cooper and his leftist allies are pushing for even more state spending, voters think that cutting taxes will do more to boost the economy and help their personal financial situation. The mandate from the people of North Carolina is clear.”
Digging into the crosstabs for the question shows that the strongest support for cutting taxes came from the Piedmont/Triad region, at 60 percent, while the least support came from the Southeast region of the state at 40 percent.
For those favoring increased state spending, the strongest support came from the Northeast portion of the state at 26 percent and the least support came from the Piedmont/Triad region of the state.
The strongest support for leaving well enough alone came from the Southeast portion of the state at 26 percent and the least support for leaving well enough alone came from the Piedmont/Triad at 11 percent.
Polling about always proves to be a controversial issue, Civitas looked at what North Carolina voters think about a proposal to change the time that beer and wine cannot be purchased on Sundays from noon to 10 a.m.
In the poll, 46 percent of respondents supported the proposal and 45 percent opposed the plan, and eight percent said that they did not know or refused to answer the question.
“Although North Carolina voters are pretty evenly split on earlier Sunday liquor sales, legislators should not be fooled,” De Luca said. “Voters have strong feelings about this issue. Legislators should tread cautiously as they consider changes in ABC laws.”
After announcing the results at the institute’s monthly poll lunch in Raleigh on Wednesday, De Luca said that the legislature should probably pass on this issue that is likely to be contentious no matter which way it goes.
Looking at the crosstabs, both the majority of Republicans and Democrats opposed the measure, with 42 percent of Republicans in support and 40 percent of Democrats in support of the change.
Only unaffiliated voters supported the plan, with 62 percent of respondents saying that they would support the plan.
The poll, for which the full results will be released later this week, was conducted May 18, 20 and 21 and surveyed 600 registered NC voters who either voted in the last election or have been registered since the last election.
Thirty percent of the responses came from cell phone-only users. The poll had a margin of error of plus/minus 4 percentage points.
The Civitas Institute conducts monthly live caller polling in the state and has done so since 2005.