PRE-SESSION SURVEY: NORTH CAROLINIANS FAVOR MERIT PAY, MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS AND SPENDING LIMIT

As lawmakers head back to Raleigh, a statewide poll conducted on behalf of the Carolina Partnership for Reform shows strong support for major education and tax reforms: merit pay raises for teachers, expansion of opportunity scholarships, tax cuts for the middle class, and the Constitutional Amendment known as the Taxpayer Protection Act.

Read the entire poll memo here (link).

A few of the key findings:

– 28% of voters say raising teacher pay is their top concern, closely followed by improving education at 27% and creating jobs and growing the economy at 38%.

– 52% of voters want teacher raises based on student achievement and teacher performance, while only 24% support raises based on years of experience.

– In addition, 58% support the opportunity scholarship program allowing low-income families to send their children to better schools, and 54% want to see the program expanded to cover the middle class.

– On taxes, 86% of voters support increasing the standard deduction to make the first $17,500 of family income tax free. This middle class tax cut has been championed by conservative reformers in the State Senate.

– The Taxpayer Protection Act, a Constitutional Amendment that handcuffs overspending politicians, enjoys broad support: It passes 58%-27%, with 14% undecided.

– A majority support House Bill 2, with 64% agreeing that repeal of the Charlotte ordinance by the legislature has more to do with bathroom safety, while 29% say the Charlotte bathroom ordinance was a reasonable accommodation for transgender people.