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Civitas Poll: NC unaffiliated voters not keen on D.C. politicians

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– A new poll released by the Civitas Institute shows North Carolina’s unaffiliated voters are not too fond of D.C. politicians such as Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and John Boehner.

Among all D.C. politicians, President Barack Obama is viewed most positively among voters by a 46 percent favorable to 47 percent unfavorable margin. Unaffiliated voters age 26-40 view the President most favorably (56 percent), while just 33 percent of those in the 56-65 demographic have a favorable opinion of him.

Favorable voter sentiment drops among other D.C. politicians such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi whose favorable rating among unaffiliateds is 26 percent favorable to 51 percent unfavorable. These numbers are largely unchanged since an August 2010 Civitas poll when 25 percent held a favorable view of her.

“While Democratic leaders have seen their unfavorable ratings drop as they are less in the news and between elections, they have not seen their favorables rise,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.

Similarly, just 22 percent of North Carolina’s unaffiliated voters view Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a favorable light, while 34 percent said they have a negative opinion.

As for Republicans, voters hold an overall unfavorable opinion of House Speaker John Boehner by a 22 percent to 35 percent unfavorable margin. Those in the Northeast view him most favorably (46 percent) as Triangle voters have the most negative opinion of him by the same percentage.

“The numbers for Republican speaker Boehner should be a warning to all the national politicians that the voting public is in a bad mood,” added De Luca.

The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.

Full Text of Questions:

“Now I am going to read you a list of people active in politics. After I read each name, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person. If you have never heard of them just tell me and we’ll go on to the next one: Barack Obama.”

Favorable – 46%
Unfavorable – 47%
Heard of/No Opinion – 6%
Never Heard Of – 1%

“Nancy Pelosi”
Favorable – 26%
Unfavorable – 51%
Heard of/No Opinion – 15%
Never Heard Of – 7%

“Harry Reid”
Favorable – 22%
Unfavorable – 34%
Heard of/No Opinion – 18%
Never Heard Of – 26%

“John Boehner”
Favorable – 22%
Unfavorable – 35%
Heard of/No Opinion – 22%
Never Heard Of – 21%

This poll of 400 unaffiliated general election voters in North Carolina was conducted August 15-16 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of unaffiliated voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past three general elections (2006, 2008, 2010) or be newly registered to vote since November 2, 2010.

The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 400 interviews (registered voters) will be within +/-4.9% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every unaffiliated voter in North Carolina who had voted in at least one of the past three general elections or is newly registered since November 2, 2010.

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ONLY ON 3: Diane Sawyer brings you Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words tonight at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Speaking just months after her husband’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy looked back on her time with her husband in the White House as “our happiest years,” the time that she and John F. Kennedy were closest, with an extraordinary personal and political partnership thriving during the high-pressure thousand days of the Kennedy presidency.

Those recollections were part of a series of conversations the widowed first lady recorded in early 1964, in oral history interviews that mark the most detailed and personal comments she ever made on the Kennedy White House years. The tapes were kept under seal by the Kennedy Library until this month.

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer will host a prime-time, two-hour special based on the tapes Tuesday, Sept. 13, featuring exclusive, never-before-heard extended audio of Mrs. Kennedy’s oral history, rare photographs, plus an exclusive interview with Caroline Kennedy, the child of Jacqueline and John Kennedy.

The audio and transcripts of the interviews, conducted by friend and longtime Kennedy aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., are being released in book form this month in “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.”

The tapes are illuminating not just for the words but for how they’re spoken, the distinctive, breathy voice – at times wistful, at times wickedly irreverent – revealing a new dimension of woman who carefully kept herself out of the public eye. With sounds of matches striking, ice cubes clinking, and even her children playing in the background, it’s a rare snapshot into the life and private recollections of Jacqueline Kennedy.

The recordings also provide an intimate portrait of the Kennedy presidency at some of its most tense moments.

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Brunswick schools’ creationism debate resurfaces

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The debate over teaching creationism in public schools has resurfaced in Brunswick County.But despite public officials’ desire to teach the religion-themed alternative to evolution, the school board’s legal team once again determined that it is not possible under the law.

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Audit: NC could be overpaying in health claims

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A new audit says North Carolina’s state health plan for workers could be overpaying millions of dollars a year because of shoddy tracking of medical claims.

State Auditor Beth Wood’s office released an audit Tuesday estimating that the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees may have overpaid more than $48 million between the 2008 and 2010 fiscal years.

The audit says the state plan doesn’t follow up on potential overpayments identified by outside companies hired as auditors. The report also says officials don’t provide adequate oversight on those outside companies.

The state plan ensures about 662,000 teachers, state employees, retirees and other groups. In the last fiscal year, it paid out roughly $2.4 billion in claims.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Hundreds camping out in Raleigh for tickets to Obama visit

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

RALEIGH (WTVD) — Hundreds of people camped out overnight Tuesday for a chance to be some of the first people in line to get tickets to see President Barack Obama.

The President will be in the Triangle Wednesday to talk about American Jobs Act he presented to Congress last week.

He will be speaking at Reynolds Coliseum about “the need for Congress to pass it now and put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of working Americans, while not adding a dime to the deficit,” according to a news release.

The event is free and open to the public.

On Monday night, hundreds began lining up at Carter-Finley Stadium and the NC State Brickyard since tickets are being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis Tuesday morning.

Due to limited event space, the White House said it will only be able to fulfill a limited number of requests for tickets. State students are limited to one ticket per person. Tickets are not for sale or re-sale.

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