RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A new poll by the Raleigh-based Civitas Institute shows that the majority of each presidential candidates’ supporters in the state back their candidate as the lesser of two evils.
The results indicate that 42 percent of those who say they will vote for Donald Trump are doing so because they are against Hillary Clinton while 43 percent of Clinton voters say they are doing so because they are against Trump.
A young woman from Jackson County, who identified herself as a very liberal Democrat, said she was voting for Clinton “because she’s not Donald Trump.”
A middle-aged woman from Cabarrus County, who identified herself as a somewhat conservative Independent, said she is voting for Trump because “I would vote for anybody over Hillary.”
The latest Civitas poll includes other reasons why North Carolina voters prefer Trump or Clinton.
A total of 23 percent of Trump voters want him to win because he will make changes while 31 percent of Clinton voters say that want her to win because she is qualified with more experience.
A middle-aged woman from New Hanover County, who identified herself as a somewhat conservative Independent, said “We need a change and Trump is not a politician.”
Meanwhile, an older woman from Davidson County, who identified herself as a moderate Democrat, said Clinton “is more qualified, she knows the system.”
Only 14 percent are going for Trump because they like him while only 21 percent are going for Clinton because they like her.
An older woman from Halifax County, who identified herself as a somewhat conservative Democrat, said she likes Trump because “he has a big mouth like me. He speaks his mind and doesn’t care what others say about him.”
An older man from Duplin County, who identified himself as a very liberty Independent, said that when his son had a custody issue, Clinton was the only person who listened. “She was the New York senator at the time and she got custody of my grandson for my son. She is the best.”
The top issue mentioned by Trump supporters was immigration and controlling the border at 5 percent while the top issue mentioned by Clinton supporters was foreign policy at 2 percent.
An older man from Davidson County, who identified himself as a very conservative Independent, said he would be voting for Trump “because of his stand on the border issue, wanting to keep us safe from more illegal immigrants getting into the country.”
On the other hand, an older man from Columbus County, who identified himself as a somewhat liberal Democrat, said he’s going for Clinton because she “knows foreign policy better and she gets along with people better.”
The poll surveyed 600 registered, likely voters (30 percent on cell phones) with a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. The survey was taken Sept. 11-12, 2016.
Civitas, a nonprofit policy organization founded in 2005, considered to be a conservative think tank, says it offers “independent, nonpartisan data on current opinion.”