• Gauging the State of the Nation

    A new poll appears to show that North Carolinians are more optimistic and less disaffected with their political leadership than the nation as a whole is. Here’s what lies beneath some of the numbers.

  • Poll Shows Voters Energized in 2004

    RALEIGH — North Carolinians appear to be more committed to voting this November than they have been in the past four elections, but there is no clear consensus on some issues and races, according to the Agenda 2004 poll released Thursday by the John Locke Foundation. About 85 percent of…

  • When Opinion Surveys Fail

    Polls can have their uses, but the Charlotte Observer's recent look at the issue of burying overhead power lines doesn't make the cut. Respondents weren't told how futile the effort would be.