Carolina Journal- Civitas Poll shows Republicans continue to trail Democratic candidates on ballots

by Lindsay Marchello | October 17, 2018
Brock McCleary, president of Harper Polling, said Republicans should be worried about the recent Civitas Institute poll, which shows Democratic candidates in the lead.

Brock McCleary, president of Harper Polling, said Republicans should be worried about the recent Civitas Institute poll, which shows Democratic candidates in the lead.

“I think it’s further evidence that the 2018 midterms are setting up to be a very difficult challenge for Republicans at the federal and state level,” McCleary said. “I don’t think North Carolina is unique in that as a state. In many states we are seeing similar challenges at the state level as we do in Congress.”

Harper Polling administered the poll on behalf of the Civitas Institute, a conservative public policy organization, from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7. The poll surveyed 500 likely voters in North Carolina and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.

McCleary presented the poll findings alongside Civitas President Donald Bryson at a Civitas Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 20.
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McCleary said some of these answers should give the Democratic Party pause.

“What I think it potentially represents a caution to the Democratic Party that the grassroots of the party is growing increasingly out of step with mainstream America,” McCleary said. “While the current dynamics are trending toward Democrats, when you take the long view you see some of the rallying cries of the left are non-starters for voters.”

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