Poll: Term limits are favored by likely GOP primary voters



(The Center Square) – New polling in North Carolina among 600 likely Republican primary election voters favor term limits for leaders of the General Assembly.

Those strongly supporting (64.1%) and somewhat supporting (21.4%) piled up 85.5% to just 4.3% in opposition. The answers come as House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, concludes a record five terms leading the chamber and having announced he won’t seek reelection.

The poll had no surprise in questions about voting for the gubernatorial and presidential candidates. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson continues to have strong favor with voters as next governor, as does a return to the White House for former President Donald Trump.

The methodology of the poll conducted Sunday and Monday by Cygnal for the conservative advocate John Locke Foundation has a +/-3.88% margin of error. The results indicate 87% of respondents were white, 67.6% were Republican, and more than 40% were age 65 or older.

Four questions were on health care, each related to certificate of need laws. Respondents (59.3%) were not familiar with the regulation when asked directly, and 35.8% favored reform.

Given 11 choices for what is most important to decide a vote for governor, the budget and taxes (41.6%) was No. 1. Next was immigration (38.2%), followed by size, scope of government (27.6%), education (24.8%), abortion (15.8%), public safety (14.2%), health care (13.1%), energy (7.3%), environment (4.2%), unsure (2.5%) and transportation (1.9%).

Robinson was favored by 48.6% in the governor’s race, though 41.2% said they are undecided.

Respondents chose between “more of a Trump Republican” (47%) and “traditional conservative Republican” (46.6%) in description of themselves. Only 11.5% were undecided in the presidential primary choices, where Trump garnered 51.8%, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis 12% and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley 10.4%.

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