Majority Supports Voter ID Law, Obama Ahead of GOP Rivals, Poll Shows
Nearly three-quarters of North Carolina residents would support a state law requiring voters to show some sort of photo identification before they are allowed to vote, according to the latest Elon University poll.
The poll, conducted March 26-29, surveyed 534 North Carolina residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.24 percentage points. The sample is of the population in general, with numbers that include both land lines and cellphones.
Twenty-four percent of respondents in the latest poll oppose such a law. Two percent of respondents said they didn’t know how they felt.
“Last year, the General Assembly passed a voter photo ID law and our governor vetoed it,” said John Robinson, director of communications for the Elon University Poll. “It’s likely that the legislature will bring it up again next month in an attempt to override the veto. It appears they can do it, knowing that a majority of North Carolinians are behind them.”
Another Elon poll conducted at the same time showed that North Carolina residents express lukewarm confidence at best in the candidates running for the White House this fall. President Obama receives higher marks for handling both domestic and foreign policy issues than his Republican rivals.
When it comes to foreign policy, the following percentages of respondents said they were confident in each candidate’s ability to handle related issues: Obama, 42 percent; Newt Gingrich, 28 percent; Mitt Romney, 24 percent; Rick Santorum, 22 percent; and Ron Paul, 16 percent.
When it comes to domestic policy, the following percentages of respondents said they were confident in each candidate’s ability to handle related issues: Obama: 38 percent; Santorum, 29 percent; Romney, 28 percent; Paul, 24 percent; and Gingrich, 20 percent
“North Carolinians don’t express an overwhelming amount of confidence in any candidate’s ability to handle domestic or foreign policy issues,” Robinson said. “That said, President Obama fares better than any of the Republicans.”
The economy remains the most important issue facing North Carolina. Fifty-seven percent of respondents cited it as such, followed by elementary and secondary education at 10 percent. Energy and gas prices rank third, with just 6 percent of respondents indicating it’s the top issue in the state.
“The economy continues to concern North Carolinians, which isn’t surprising given the unemployment rate and gas prices,” Robinson said. “Interestingly, 10 percent of citizens think education is the most important issue, which is unsurprising considering statewide discussion over teacher layoffs and budget shortfalls.”
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