North Carolinians support drug testing for welfare recipients

Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill that would require all welfare recipients to submit to drug testing before receiving benefits. He called it “a recipe for government overreach and unnecessary government intrusion.” The General Assembly wasted no time in overriding his veto last month.

It seems as if the General Assembly has its finger on the public pulse this time. In the latest Elon University Poll, 74 percent of respondents supported the idea.

Digging into the numbers:

Political party: 91 percent of Republicans favored it, compared with 75 percent of Independents and 58 percent of Democrats.

Race: 80 percent of whites favored it compared with 51 percent of blacks.

Gender and age had little distinction in their support of the measure.

A point worth noting and, perhaps, smiling about: another poll suggests that North Carolinians think that drug testing should not stop at welfare recipients. A Public Policy Polling poll found this summer that 78 percent of North Carolinians  support mandatory drug testing for members of the General Assembly.

The Legislature didn’t extend the privilege to itself.

— John Robinson

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