Civitas flash poll: Ramsey trails Ager in Buncombe County

In a Civitas Institute “flash” poll of 300 Buncombe County residents Oct. 3-6, Rep. Nathan Ramsey trailed Democratic challenger John Ager by 13 points. Here’s the conservative nonprofit’s press release about the poll:


Flash poll snapshot: Ramsey trails Ager

RALEIGH –Republican Rep. Nathan Ramsey trails Democrat challenger John Ager by 13 points in the state House District 115 race, according to a new Flash Poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

In the flash poll, 300 registered voters from the district in Buncombe County were interviewed Oct. 3-6. The survey had a margin of error of plus/minus 5.8 percent.

In the poll, 40 percent said they planned to vote for Ramsey; 53 percent picked Ager. Seven percent were undecided.

When asked if they viewed the candidates favorably or unfavorably, 31 percent said they were neutral about Ramsey or had no opinion. Forty-five percent were neutral or had no opinion of Ager.

Asked if they approved of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, 43 percent approved, 49 percent disapproved, and 8 percent were not sure.

Thirty-three percent approved of the job Pat McCrory is doing as governor, while 58 percent disapproved and 9 percent were not sure.

Thirty-six percent favored Republic Thom Tillis in the U.S. Senate race, 51 percent preferred Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, and 7 percent named Libertarian Sean Haugh, with 6 percent undecided.

House District 115 is rated as an R+1 district on the Civitas Partisan Index, which rates the relative partisan voting habits of legislative districts.  For more on the CPI, click here.

Full text of questions*:

In the election for state legislature this fall, will you vote for … the Republican candidate? Or the Democratic candidate?

38%   Republican

52%   Democratic

9%     Undecided

Is your opinion of Nathan Ramsey favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or, do you have no opinion of Nathan Ramsey?

28%    Favorable

41%    Unfavorable

21%    Neutral

10%    No Opinion

Is your opinion of John Ager favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or, do you have no opinion of John Ager?

33%     Favorable

22%     Unfavorable

23%     Neutral

22%     No Opinion

If the election for State Representative were today, would you vote for … Republican Nathan Ramsey? Or Democrat John Ager?

40%     Nathan Ramsey

53%    John Ager

7%     Undecided

In general, is the state of North Carolina headed in the right direction? Or is it off on the wrong track?

26%    Right Direction

67%    Wrong Track

7%     Not Sure

Which one of the following issues is the most important for the state government to address: New Jobs? The economy? Taxes? Government spending? Public education? Health care costs? Government corruption? Illegal immigration? The environment? Or some other issue?

7%    New Jobs

8%    Economy

8%      Taxes

8%   Government Spending

34%    Public Education

6%      Health Care Costs

9%      Government Corruption

9%     Illegal immigration

6%      Environment

4%      Other/Not Sure

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President?

43%    Approve

49%    Disapprove

8%      Not Sure

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Pat McCrory is doing as Governor?

33%    Approve

58%    Disapprove

9%     Not Sure

If the election for United States Senator from North Carolina were today, would you vote for … Republican Thom Tillis? Democrat Kay Hagan? Or Libertarian Sean Haugh?

36%    Thom Tillis (R)

51%    Kay Hagan (D)

7%      Sean Haugh (L)

6%      Undecided

On Election Day in November, what would you say would be your primary motive to vote? Will you be more motivated to vote based on … North Carolina specific issues, like state spending, education, and specific state laws and policies? Or national issues like Obamacare, the current administration, and foreign policy?

52%    North Carolina Specific Issues

45%    National issues

2%      Won’t Be Motivated

1%      Not Sure

*Because of rounding, totals may not equal 100.

For crosstabs, click here.

About the Poll:

This poll of 300 registered was conducted by telephone in the voice of a professional announcer Oct. 3-6, 2014. Respondent households were selected at random, using Random Digit Dialed (RDD) sample provided by Survey Sampling, of Fairfield CT. Research methodology, questionnaire design and fieldwork for this survey were completed by SurveyUSA of Clifton, NJ.

About the Civitas Institute

– “North Carolina’s Conservative Voice” – is a policy institute based in Raleigh, N.C. More information is available at, or contact Jim Tynen at (919) 834-2099 or

For more information on Civitas polling, see


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6 thoughts on “Civitas flash poll: Ramsey trails Ager in Buncombe County

  1. RHS

    I got something that looks a lot like this poll last week except it was for the Moffit/Turner race. I got polled for that race even though I don’t live in that district, so I’d take these results with several pounds of salt. I guess Republicans have gertymandered so egregiously that even their buddies at Art Pope’s Civitas can’t even figure out which district people live in.

    • Roger Hartley

      And THAT point is very very important. If this over selected democrats by picking up city folk or other districts, these poll numbers are suspect. They could also, if trumpeted well, lower turnout by making Ager voters think its all over. In a tight, mid-term style race where turnout is very important….any such factor can make a difference.

      • Margaret Williams

        The number of people polled (300) seems relatively small to me, so yes, grains or pounds of salt, as with most polls.

      • bsummers

        I don’t put it past Civitas to put out something they know is inaccurate in order to help vulnerable GOPers. Apparently their rep in the polling community is a technical description, as well as a political description: “Wild Outliers”.

        If that’s the case, it still doesn’t bode well for Nathan that someone thinks he’d need some sort of turnout-suppressor to squeak by.

        Thanks, Civitas. *ahem*… GET OUT AND VOTE, PEOPLE.

  2. bsummers

    Apparently, neither Nathan or Tim Moffitt have confirmed attendance at Thursday’s YWCA/League of Women Voters forum. Skeered?

    Meanwhile, Tim is having a fundraiser with the wildly-popular Governor Pat McCrory on the 16th. You can hang out with them in the “VIP Roundtable” for a mere $500 a head. That’ll go over well with the peeps…

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