Most North Carolina voters don’t recognize the majority of state elected officials — according to a September Meredith College poll report.
Prominent North Carolina political figures, including state legislative chamber leaders N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland, Rutherford) and N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Guilford, Rockingham), were correctly identified by less than 20 percent of respondents in the survey.
Most candidates for governor in 2024 were also identified by less than 20 percent of respondents.
The report said that 80 percent of respondents could identify Gov. Roy Cooper, while 43 percent could identify Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson.
Outside of Cooper and Robinson, around 70 percent of the 801 registered voters who were surveyed opted for "don’t know" when asked about other political leaders.
David McLennan, a professor of political science, is the director of the Meredith Poll. He said the report was administered by data company Dynata with a panel of 70,000 registered voters in North Carolina. He said the 801-person group was a random sample of those 70,000.
From there, the survey responses were weighted for gender, race and ethnicity, geographic location and party affiliation to accurately represent the state's voting population.
“We try to get a good cross section of North Carolinians,” McLennan said.