The North State Journal and Jones & Blount are conducting polls to help North Carolinians understand the issues, people, and procedures that impact the outcome of elections. Our polls are conducted in a scientifically using likely general election voters. Below are reports from each of our first two statewide polls. The differences between the polls are that the first poll was conducted on April 6, 2016, and was primarily a straight ballot test of candidates, without party affiliation while the second poll was conducted on April 19, 2016, and the ballot test of the statewide races included party affiliation. Implicit in the first poll is a test of name identification while the second poll contained an implicit test of voters’ preferences for a particular political party. We hope that these polls can provide insight into the statewide races and the candidates that will ultimately become elected officials.
GENERAL ELECTION POLL #1
The North State Journal poll was conducted April 4, 2016, and the margin of error among the 500 likely North Carolina voters surveyed is plus-minus 4.5 percentage points.
GENERAL ELECTION POLL #2
The North State Journal poll was conducted April 19, and the margin of error among the 800 likely North Carolina voters surveyed is plus-minus 3.5 percentage points.