Per usual, the North Carolina citizenry is sharply divided on political opinions and in its political leanings and feelings.
Close to 50 percent of the state’s voters approve of N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s handling of his governorship. Conversely, around 50 percent don’t.
Elon University surveyed 771 registered voters in North Carolina between Nov. 6-9 on their political opinions, feelings toward politicians and inclinations toward political affairs and issues at the national, international and state levels.
The survey’s results have a plus or minus margin of error of 3.5 percent, its creators said.
Trump and Russia
Trump, as a topic, is a divisive topic.
In North Carolina just 37 percent of voters approve of the job Pres. Donald Trump is doing as their president – a 3 percent rise compared to a similar Oct. 3 Elon survey.
The D.C. goings-on surrounding the president’s tenure in office also can split opinion.
Forty percent of voters dismiss the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election as “just politics,” where slightly over 50 percent view it as a “serious matter.”
“Though President Trump remains underwater in approval and low by any historical standard, we measured a slight increase in approval among North Carolina voters,” said Jason Husser, director of the Elon University Poll and assistant professor of political science. “This increase over the last month is largely due to a small group of Republicans who previously disapproved or were unsure.”
Opinions about the investigation by former FBI chief Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election too are split, and are largely dependent on voters’ thoughts about Trump’s overall performance as president.
“North Carolina voters live in almost different worlds when it comes to perceptions of the Russia investigation,” Husser said. “Democrats overwhelmingly say it is a serious matter while Republicans consistently think it is just politics.”
Among voters who approve of Trump’s performance as president, 85 percent believe Mueller’s investigation won’t uncover criminal dealings.
Of voters who disapprove of Trump’s heretofore presidency, 78 percent said they thought the investigation would indeed yield indications of perpetrated criminal activity.
Among independents 51 percent said the investigation is a “serious matter,” and 38 percent of independents said it’s “just politics.”
Older voters were more likely than younger ones to say that the investigation is purely driven by political motivations, but urban dwelling, women and African-American voters to say the investigation is “serious.”
North Carolina’s senators
▪ Less than one-third of voters approve of how U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., are handling their positions.
▪ Forty-six percent of voters said Burr and Tillis should be less supportive of Pres. Trump.
▪ Twenty-eight percent of voters approve of how Tillis is doing his job, 41 percent said they don’t approve and 30 percent said they “don’t know.”
▪ Thirty-one percent of voters approve of how Burr is doing his job, 40.5 percent don’t approve and 27 percent said they “don’t know.”
▪ A demographic of older, white males spoke the most in support for the state’s current U.S. senators.
Perceived media bias
▪ Among those that disapprove of Trump, 22 percent said the media was biased against the president.
▪ Among those who approve of Trump, 92 percent said they detect “anti-Trump bias” in the media.
▪ Sixty-five percent of men and only 40 percent of women say that the media is biased against Trump.
▪ Sixty-two percent of white voters and only 23 percent of black voters are more likely to “detect media bias against Trump.
North Korea and nuclear warfare
On average, close to one in four North Carolina voters think nuclear weapons could possibly be used by either country within the next year.
“Whether one sees that level of worry as high is largely subjective, but we know Democrats are much more likely to be on edge right now about the worst-case scenario with North Korea,” Husser said.
Forty-one percent of democrats and only 11 percent of republicans think nuclear weapons could be used in the next 12 months.
Analysis of age demographics showed that Baby Boomers are the most likely to think that nuclear weapons could be used – 27 percent.
Women are more likely than men and blacks are more likely than whites to think that the U.S. and North Korea could deploy nuclear weapons against one another.
Thirty-one percent of those who disapprove of the job Trump is doing believe nuclear weapons could be used opposed to only 14 percent of those who approve of Trump’s presidential job believe in the possibility of approaching nuclear warfare.