Tuesday, May 15, 2007

More on the Civitas Poll

As I discussed yesterday the Civitas Poll came under fire yesterday from the Under the Dome blog. More on the blog fallout today. Max Borders from the Civitas Institute defends the poll.

The entire poll comes out tomorrow, but here are the three questions that Civitas released early...

Complete Questions

"Even though North Carolina will have a $1.1 billion budget surplus this year, the state House has continued $300 million in temporary taxes in order to increase spending over the $1.1 billion surplus. Do you approve or disapprove of this action?"
1. Approve ------------13%
2. Disapprove----------70%
3. Not Sure-------------17%

"The state is preparing to spend most of the $300 million in temporary taxes on more than 100 special interest projects, such as a drag racing hall of fame, a study of the horse industry in North Carolina and subsidizing a private culinary school. Do you support or oppose these expenditures?"
1. Support----------7%
2. Oppose---------84%
3. Not sure----------9%

"Some people say the extra $300 million in taxes will be used to increase funding for education. Others say the budget already has provided for education and these funds will actually be used for the type of pork barrel projects described above. Which do you believe?"
1. Used for education------------22%
2. Used for pork barrel----------59%
3. Not sure------------------------19%

METHODOLOGY: This study of 800 registered voters was conducted May 9-11, 2007 by TelOpinion Research of Alexandria, Va. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters who were interviewed had to have voted in the 2002 and 2004 general elections, as well as first time voters in the 2006 general election, and those who had voted in both 2004 and 2006 as newly registered voters.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that 95 percent of the time the results from 800 interviews (registered voters) will be within a +-3.7 percent of the "True Values".

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