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High Point University Survey Research Center Polls North Carolinians

04.1.2010

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 1, 2010 ? The High Point University Survey Research Center in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication released results of a High Point University Poll covering topics such as education, terrorism, the economy, health care and more.The survey, which was conducted over a two-week period, polled 578 North Carolina residents and their views on several current political and public policy issues. The HPU Poll contacted a random digit dial (RDD) sample of households with landline telephones and was conducted on March 15-18, 20, and 22-26. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.The results include:? Economy: A majority of North Carolinians disapprove of how President Obama is handling the economy (57 percent disapprove compared to 36 percent approve). And a majority of North Carolinians believe that economic conditions in North Carolina are getting worse (56 percent) and believe that the government has not done enough to address the economic crisis (59 percent). ? Terrorism: More North Carolinians approve than disapprove of Obama’s handling of the threat of terrorism (50 percent approve, 39 percent disapprove) and a majority believes that the U.S. government is doing at least fairly well in reducing the threat of terrorism (12 percent very well and 53 percent fairly well), but a near majority says that further attacks on the U.S. are very likely (47 percent).? Health care: A majority of North Carolinians, before and after passage of the health care legislation in Washington, opposed the bills before Congress (51 percent oppose, 38 percent support) and a majority disapprove of the way President Obama is handling health care (55 percent disapprove, 38 percent approve).? Education:  A majority of North Carolinians approve of how President Obama is handling education (52 percent approve compared to 32 percent disapprove). But they are divided on whether they would approve of the national government developing standards for all public schools (47 percent approve, 45 percent disapprove), and a majority rejects paying teachers based on their students? standardized test scores (64 percent ‘No,’ 29 percent ‘Yes’).Full results from the survey can be found at the Survey Research Center Web site, https://bren.highpoint.edu/src2/, or from Dr. Martin Kifer, the center?s director, at mkifer@highpoint.edu or 336-841-9333.At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

  Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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