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VOTE 2010: Big Talker FM Poll - 57% believe New Hanover County is on the "wrong track"


WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - Wilmington's only FM News Talk radio station, 93.7 and 106.3 The Big Talker FM, conducted a poll of 300 likely voters in New Hanover County (sponsored by the Civitas Institute, Raleigh, N.C.). Utilizing SurveyUSA, one of the nation's most trusted survey companies, the telephone survey was conducted between the 15th and 17th of October, 2010. Households were selected at random using random digit dialing (RDD) provided by a survey sampling of Fairfeild, CT. All respondents heard the questions asked identically.

Questions ranged from voter intent during the current election cycle to current issues facing leaders in Wilmington and New Hanover County, and were written by The Big Talker FM's morning show host, Chad Adams.

The poll concurred with previous polls on the NC Senate race between Thom Goolsby and Jim Leutze showing Goolsby with a 53%-43% edge. The poll also showed that 57% of likely voters believe New Hanover County is on the "wrong track" with 26% of respondents feeling the county is heading in the right direction. Other topics covered include the New Hanover County Commission race, the Skyway Bridge, Wilmington Crime, the CFPUA, forced annexation and a possible tax for WAVE transit.

For full results and crosstabs from the poll, visit

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Wow, only 57% believe this.

Wow, only 57% believe this. I would have thought much more.

The People Have Spoken

The people have spoken, and it is NHC government that they are fed up with, and Brian Berger that they want to fix it.

As I said yesterday - the detractors simply add momentum to his campaign. GO BRIAN GO!

You think so !

Absolutely , the Wilmington area is headed in the wrong direction ! When you have 12 to 15 percent voter turnout for city and county elections over the past several years , there is no need in complaining. With Bill Saffo and Company forcefully annexing people and building a doomed convention center , in an industry that is dying and the county finance director making multi-million dollar budget mistake with no repurcussions for him personally and giving you the beloved Cape Fear Utility Authority , I am sure people are feeling a little down. Much of the pain has been self inflicted by the local electorate being uninformed and distracted by trivial issues . When it starts to hit you in the pocket book is when the uninformed and uninvolved start to complain. Many were forewarned about pocketbook issues by conservative news sources in the local area.A majority of folks continue to vote the same RETREADS back in office and expect a different outcome . It should be clear that local elected officials are not responsible stewards of taxpayer money. They are okay with spending your money without discipline. With public funds scarce, expect them to continue to lean on you to finance their pet projects