Uncategorized

Perceptions of wealth, economic fairness keep presidential race tight in NC (video)

There’s no shortage of advice (you can read a few pieces here, here, and here) for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney who accepts his party’s nomination Thursday night in Tampa.

Political observers will be watching the address to see whether Romney offers a vision that results in a solid lead in battleground states like North Carolina, or whether it is merely good enough for a more fleeting, post-convention bump.

Dr. Andy Taylor, a political scientist at N.C. State University, believes Romney faces a couple of challenges during his acceptance speech and after the convention concludes.

He notes while people are upset about the economy, many are unconvinced that Romney would be any better than President Obama. Taylor also believes that the widening income gap between the rich and poor is having an impact on the voting public.

A poll released earlier this week by the Pew Research Center found about two-thirds of Americans (65%) say the nation’s income gap  has only gotten larger in the past decade. And 57% say that’s a bad thing for society. Nearly six-in-ten (58%) said the rich pay too little in taxes. Just 8% believe that they pay too much.

Taylor joins us this weekend on News & Views to talk more the political conventions, and how perceptions of economic fairness are shaping the presidential race. For a preview of his radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

 

Check Also

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

1. The Right wages class warfare in Washington ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Weeks after the top school board member in Robeson County predicted the southeastern North Carolina [...]

A pivotal legislative task force may be just beginning its dive into North Carolina’s school funding [...]

The controversy over “Silent Sam,” the Confederate monument on UNC’s Chapel Hill campus, has been ra [...]

North Carolina tries to mine its swine and deal with a poop problem that keeps piling up A blanket o [...]

With Republicans on Capitol Hill and in the White House desperate to post a big legislative win, the [...]

Latest court system mess is directly linked to the Right’s ideological war on public structures Some [...]

Republicans in Congress are rushing to advance a tax reform bill that balloons the federal deficit s [...]

The post Charitable donations and the GOP’s chopping block appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Spotlight on Journalism

We invite you to join a special celebration of investigative journalism! The evening will feature Mike Rezendes, a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe Spotlight Team known for their coverage of the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Tickets available NOW!

Spotlight On Journalism

This event will benefit NC Policy Watch, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center. Sponsorship opportunities available now!

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more