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View from the Hill

Civitas poll shows dissatisfaction all around

A recent poll released by the conservative Civitas Institute and conducted in October showed that North Carolina voters are largely dissatisfied with all of their electoral choices.

The poll found that 57 percent of North Carolinians said they felt their state was headed in the wrong direction.

The poll also said 41 percent of voters felt it was more important to vote for a Democrat to serve as a check on Gov. Pat McCrory, who has seen his approval rating dip to a small lead of 46 percent.

But numbers should not be seen as a Democratic mandate. While 37 percent of voters said they would vote for a Republican if the election were held today, only 38 percent said they would vote for a Democrat.

North Carolinian voters also don’t have much patience for national figures either. President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have dropped to 44 percent, and 48 percent of voters say it is important for them to elect a Republican in the U.S. Senate as a balance to Obama.

The numbers could spell trouble for Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., who has seen her approval rating drop to 43 percent. Similarly, 50 percent of people say it is time to give a new person a chance.

But the poll also shows many voters are frustrated with the Tea Party. Half of the respondents said they held an unfavorable opinion of the organization.

Despite this dissatisfaction, 92 percent of those polled said they were almost certain they would vote in the next election. But with so much discontent for all sides, it seems most will vote against certain candidates instead of for others.

View from the Hill is a political blog by Daily Tar Heel staff writers. Any opinion expressed in it does not represent the Daily Tar Heel. Email the blog coordinator at

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