The March Civitas Poll found that two months into his presidency, President Trump’s numbers were improving in North Carolina. Among the key questions and responses:
Now I am going to read you a list of people and organizations active in politics or in the news. After I read each name, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person or organization. … Donald Trump.
Total Favorable: 49 percent
Total Unfavorable: 47 percent
Now, please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of the job that Donald Trump is doing as president?
Total Approve: 49 percent
Total Disapprove: 46 percent
Another question allowed people to give an opinion on the political scene without committing themselves to the president.
Do you believe the media have been fair in their coverage of President Trump?
Yes: 41 percent
No: 52 percent
Don’t Know/ Unsure: 7 percent
Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca said, “Donald Trump has gained 4 points in terms of his favorability ratings since our poll in February. Not only is this his highest level of favorability ever, but we cannot point to any single demographic as a reason for this increase, since he is up across the board. It would seem people are becoming more comfortable with Trump as president.”
He continued, “While only 49 percent say they have a favorable view of Trump, 52 percent feel he is not being treated fairly by the media. Only 41 percent feel he has. We believe there is an undercurrent of support for President Trump reflected in this number that we might not see in the rest of the poll.”
The poll also asked:
How much longer do you think it will take for the economy to improve and the current recession to end? If you think the recession has ended just say so. (If Necessary: “Would you say…”)
Under 6 months: 2 percent
Between 6 months and a year: 13 percent
Between 1 and 2 years: 20 percent
Over 2 years: 25 percent
Recession has ended: 27 percent
Don’t Know: 12 percent
Refused: 1 percent
“We have been asking this question since April of 2009, and this is the first time a plurality of respondents have said the recession is over,” he said. “It is clear from all indications that people have an increasingly optimistic economic outlook. Indeed, these results give even more weight to the notion of the ‘Trump effect’ on the economy.”
This poll surveyed 600 registered, likely NC voters (30 percent on cell phones) with a margin of error of plus/minus 4.00 percent. This survey was taken March 18-19.
The poll also surveyed voters on other key issues.
Now, please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of Obamacare?
Total approve: 47 percent
Total disapprove: 45 percent
Do you support or oppose the repeal of Obamacare?
Total Support: 49 percent
Total Oppose: 45 percent
There is a proposal for an amendment to the North Carolina constitution that would prevent the legislature from increasing the income tax more than a half percent above the current rate. For example, currently the highest income tax rate in the state is 5.49 percent, so the Constitution would cap the rate to a maximum of 5.99 percent. If the rate were lowered to, say, 5 percent, then the new cap would become 5.5 percent. Would you support or oppose this amendment?
Total Support: 56 percent
Total Oppose: 29 percent