NC Election Poll Survey Results: State of Economy, Affordable Care Act

• Do you think federal government gridlock will improve, get worse or remain unchanged if Republicans take control of the US Senate in November?
35% Improve
37% Get Worse
22% Remain Unchanged
6% Not Sure

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• Has your personal finance situation gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same since 2008?

23% Better
41% Worse
35% About the Same
2% Not Sure

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• How would you describe the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, up to now? Has it been…Very successful? Somewhat successful? Not very successful? Or not at all successful?
14% Very
29% Somewhat
19% Not Very
35% Not at All
4% Not Sure

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NC Election Poll Survey Results: McCrory Approval, NC Education

• Do you approve or disapprove of the job Pat McCrory is doing as Governor?
43% Approve
45% Disapprove
13% Not Sure

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• How would you characterize the state’s plan to clean up coal ash storage facilities in North Carolina?

5% Excellent
27% Good
39% Fair
22% Poor
7% Not Sure

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• What letter grade would you give North Carolina’s public schools?
7% A
28% B
38% C
16% D
9% F
2% Not Sure

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• What recognition should same-sex couples have in North Carolina?
31% No Legal Recognition
15% Domestic Partner Benefits
19% Civil Unions
29% Marriage

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• Would you be in favor of using toll roads to accelerate transportation projects?
27% Yes
64% No
9% Not Sure

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Capital Tonight Oct. 15: TWC News Poll: Statewide issues

On Capital Tonight: We look at the statewide issues portion of our Time Warner Cable News Poll. Political scientists Steven Greene and Susan Roberts question voters’ grasps of the issues. Advocates Becki Gray and Rob Schofield look at how statewide issues could affect the midterm elections. Watch the program here.

NC Magistrates Directed to Marry Gay Couples

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina magistrates have been directed to perform civil marriages for same-sex couples or face suspension or dismissal from their state jobs.

North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts general counsel Pamela Weaver Best issued a memo Wednesday to state magistrates saying they would be violating their oaths of office if they refuse to marry gay or lesbian couples.

The directive came after a magistrate in Pasquotank County on Monday refused to marry two men, citing religious objections. Some magistrates in Alamance County also said they wouldn’t marry gay couples.

A federal judge last week struck down North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.

Best said magistrates who refuse to marry gay couples face suspension or dismissal. They could also face misdemeanor criminal charges for failing to discharge their duties.

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Senators Burr, McCain Talk Ebola in NC Campaign Rallies

CARY, N.C. – Sens. John McCain and Richard Burr believe the U.S. needs to do a better job handling the Ebola crisis.

Campaigning for GOP candidates in Cary on Wednesday, both senators said the government should monitor international travel.

“I called last week for us to reassess everything we’ve got in place and I think a travel ban is a rational thing to consider,” said Burr.

“I don’t think that to wait until that airplane arrives in the United States of America before we check them is the right way to go. We should be screening these people at minimum at the places of origin before those flights come to the United States of America,” McCain added.

President Barack Obama canceled campaign trips to New Jersey and Connecticut on Wednesday to meet with top administration officials about the growing concerns of Ebola. He said it will take a global response to get the virus under control.

McCain will travel to Goldsboro on Thursday to campaign for Republican senatorial candidate Thom Tillis.

Issue of Same-Sex Marriage Heading to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

GREENSBORO — The issue of same-sex marriage in North Carolina is heading to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Back in July, that court struck down Virginia’s ban on gay marriage.

With both states sharing the court’s jurisdiction, many thought the issue settled.

An attorney representing Republican legislators says he plans to appeal the rulings that overturned North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge William Osteen Junior issued a ruling Tuesday afternoon that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. But he did grant a request from House Speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger seeking to intervene in the case.

Since State Attorney General Roy Cooper had dropped defense of the law, the pair wanted to step in, to represent the interest of North Carolina voters who approved the 2012 law.

They’re being represented by John Eastman, a constitutional law professor at Chapman University in California.

He says that he plans to move forward with an appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which declared Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, setting in motion the events of last week that led to a federal judge in Asheville declaring North Carolina’s law unconstitutional.

The American Civil Liberties Union in North Carolina is skeptical about the appeal saying that the move would unnecessarily expend taxpayer resources.

A spokesman says that freedom to marry is here to stay in North Carolina.

Eastman says the legislators have 30 days to file their appeal.

If it’s turned down by the Fourth Circuit, he says they’ll take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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NC Election Poll Survey Results: Obama, Congress Approval; Top Issue?

• Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President?
41% Approve
53% Disapprove
6% Not Sure

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• Do you approve or disapprove of the job the North Carolina State Legislature is doing?

29% Approve
54% Disapprove
17% Not Sure

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• Do you approve or disapprove of the job Congress is doing?
13% Approve
76% Disapprove
10% Not Sure

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• What issue is most important to you in the election for United States Senate?
39% Economy
19% Health Care
13% Education
15% National Security
4% Immigration
2% Environment
3% Voting Rights
1% Abortion
5% Other / Not Sure

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• How confident are you in President Obama’s ability to handle international crises?
26% Very
19% Somewhat
17% Not Very
38% Not At All
1% Not Sure

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• Do you think the pay raise North Carolina teachers received in the new state budget was too much, too little or about the right amount?
6% Too Much
62% Too Little
26% About The Right Amount
6% Not Sure
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NC Election Poll Survey Results: Hagan Job Approval, Candidate Debates

• Do you approve or disapprove of the job Kay Hagan is doing as United States Senator?
38% Approve
51% Disapprove
11% Not Sure

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• If the election for United States Senator from North Carolina were today, who would you vote for? Republican Thom Tillis? Democrat Kay Hagan? Or Libertarian Sean Haugh?
41% Tillis (R)
44% Hagan (D)
7% Haugh (L)
8% Undecided

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• What if the only candidates for US Senate were Republican Thom Tillis and Democrat Kay Hagan? Who would you vote for?
46% Tillis (R)
45% Hagan (D)
9% Undecided

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• How important are candidate debates in helping you decide who to vote for? Very important? Somewhat important? Not very important? Or not at all important?
35% Very
38% Somewhat
19% Not Very
7% Not At All
1% Not Sure

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The campaigns responded to the polling numbers:

“This race is a dead heat and Kay Hagan is steadily losing support as more voters learn about her failed record and her misplaced priorities, including skipping a classified national security briefing to attend a cocktail fundraiser in New York City,” said Tillis spokeswoman Meghan Burris. “The choice in this election is clear: a vote for Thom Tillis is a vote to change Washington and move our country in a new direction while a vote for Hagan is a vote to continue President Obama’s failed policies.”

“Despite his best efforts, Speaker Tillis cannot run from his disastrous record of hurting North Carolina’s middle class families. North Carolina voters know that Kay will always put their interests first while Speaker Tillis’ agenda of cutting education spending to give tax breaks to the wealthy, killing an equal pay bill, refusing to raise the minimum wage and defunding Planned Parenthood has hurt North Carolina 100% of the time,” said Hagan campaign spokesman Chris Hayden.

Capital Tonight Oct. 14: TWC News Poll: Top campaign issues

On Capital Tonight: We ask voters what they think the top issues in the midterm election are. Michael Bitzer of Catawba College and Andy Taylor of NC State University give us a broad analysis, and Insiders Brad Crone and Andy Yates break down how these issues affect the campaigns. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight Oct. 13: Time Warner Cable News US Senate poll results

On Capital Tonight: We analyze the results of our Time Warner Cable News Poll. The numbers show a tight race between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis. Ben Ray and Michael Steel join us to run the numbers. UNC-TV’s Kelly McCullen and the Raleigh News & Observer’s Rob Christensen join the reporter roundtable. Watch the program here.