A month ago, we asked North Carolinians “what do you think is the most important issue facing the state of North Carolina?” (It was an open-ended question without prompts. They could answer what they liked.)
Fifty-three percent said the economy.
We asked the same question this week. Fifty-seven percent said the economy. The difference is within the 4.2% margin of error. Not much has changed in the past month, except that gas prices are breaking the $4 per gallon threshold and that’s probably enough to keep most North Carolinians worried. (The state’s unemployment rate dropped from 10.2% to 9.9%, but that was announced today, after the poll was taken.)
The second most frequently mentioned issue was education, at 10%. People are concerned about how their children are educated. We did not test responses on the proposed three-quarters of a cent education tax this month, but we did last month. It has support — 53% to 43%.
— John Robinson