education, jobs, economy lead top 2015 state issues

February 6, 2015

FEBRUARY 6, 2015
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North Carolinians are most concerned with jobs, the economy, and education, and 81% say the state’s economy has stayed the same or gotten better in a statewide poll released Friday by the Carolina Partnership for Reform.

Support continues for reforms to the tax structure, with the majority supporting a reduction in taxes on married couples as well as changes to the formula on sales tax distributions to counties.

The survey, conducted Jan. 21-22 by Meeting Street Research on behalf of Carolina Partnership for Reform covered topics that include the economy, tax reform, transportation funding, medicaid expansion, school choice, and government pension reform.

More North Carolinians approve of the Governor and General Assembly’s job performance with each garnering 46% approval.

Other findings include: 55% support the transportation bond, yet 57% would oppose, if it included light rail funding. After hearing reasoning against, a majority are likely to oppose medicaid expansion, still a majority supports expanding school choice and updating the state retirement system

Below is a statement from Carolina Partnership for Reform President Jeff Hyde on the findings:

As the incoming General Assembly begins its work, citizens are more confident in their economic prospects than at anytime since the recession. It is important for North Carolina’s political leaders to remember that responsible reforms made by the Governor and the legislature over the past two years have helped raise their approval ratings and helped the economy turn the corner. Continuing these reform efforts provides the key to keeping North Carolina’s economic recovery strong.

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click here for the releases on previous results


This telephone survey was conducted by Meeting Street Research on January 21-22, 2015 among 500 registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 4.38%. 75% of the interviews were conducted on land lines, while 25% were conducted on cell phones. Rob Autry was the principal researcher.


Carolina Partnership for Reform is a public benefit organization that conducts policy research and educates the public about freedom-based policy reforms and initiatives in order to further individual liberty, promote economic growth, and improve education in North Carolina.


Jeff Hyde is the President of Carolina Partnership for Reform. A native son of the South, his love for family, community, and enduring institutions was set in stone during his years at Wake Forest University, from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Jeff is a small business owner and entrepreneur. He lives in the Piedmont with his wife and two sons.

Robert Harris is a 37 year veteran researcher. He has worked for Senators, including, Jesse Helms & Lauch Faircloth, as well as Representatives, including, George Holding, Robert Pittenger and Renee Ellmers. Harris has also worked for policy organizations such as the Republican Governors Association and North Carolina Republican Party’s Senate Caucus. Harris’ unique personal story of remaining productive with the help of family and colleagues while living with the challenges of muscular dystrophy has been profiled on 60 Minutes. He is currently the Research Director for Carolina Partnership for Reform and contributes to the organization’s blog.