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2014 is here and, for now, North Carolina government remains stubbornly in the tea party camp. Are voters happy about this? What do they think about the current state of affairs and the politicians running the show? What’s likely to happen this May? How about this November?

And what’s on the state policy agenda for the coming months? Are conservatives wrapping up their agenda or just getting started?

Tom Jensen is the Director of the nationally recognized polling firm, Public Policy Polling and oversees its day-to-day operations. During his time at PPP, he has been a frequent guest for television and radio stations across the region and has been called on for expert analysis by publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor and U.S. News and World Report. He writes PPP’s blog and Twitter account in addition to crafting the content for most of its surveys.

Chris Fitzsimon is the Director of NC Policy Watch and North Carolina’s leading progressive media personality. Chris is a veteran journalist and nonprofit leader whose daily commentaries are heard on radio and read online throughout North Carolina.

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Well, 2014 is here and, for now, North Carolina government remains stubbornly in the tea party camp. Are voters happy about this? What do they think about the current state of affairs and the politicians running the show? What’s likely to happen this May? How about this November?

And what’s on the state policy agenda for the coming months? Are conservatives wrapping up their agenda or just getting started?

Don’t miss a chance to gather some answers to these questions from two of the state’s leading experts. Join us at 8:15 am on Thursday, January 30, for a Crucial Conversation breakfast featuring Tom Jensen and Chris Fitzsimon. Read More

One of the nation’s most influential and widely respected pollsters has new and encouraging data for Senator Kay Hagan and all those who support background checks for gun purchasers. In a poll released yesterday, Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling (see the video below) reported the following:

“PPP’s newest round of polling finds that Kay Hagan and Mary Landrieu helped their cause for reelection with their recent votes in support of background checks for gun sales. Read More

Tom Jensen 2It seems like it might be time for North Carolina’s mainstream news media types to stop referring to Raleigh’s Public Policy Polling as a “liberal” polling firm and start referring to group’s amazingly talented main guy Tom Jensen by another name — like maybe “sir.”

According to this Business Insider article, Tom is now officially one of the 36 most powerful people of 2012 in the world of American politics.

By the way, that photo of Tom in the story comes from an interview he did with Chris Fitzsimon and Clayton Henkel for NC Policy Watch’s News and Views radio show.

Earlier this week in Hendersonville, state Sen. Tom Apodaca told a crowd of supporters that they “need a  general” like Pat McCrory to lead  “the army” of Republican legislators in place at the General Assembly.

While the line may sound good in a room full of potential volunteers and donors, Public Policy Polling director Tom Jensen says it may in fact signal a misstep by the Republican gubernatorial candidate.

Jensen notes that in “buddying himself up to” a conservative legislature with a 16% approval rating, McCrory may be creating more potential trouble for himself in the fall.

Jensen says while the former Charlotte mayor currently enjoys a lead over any of his potential Democratic opponents, 57% of voters polled said they were less likely to support McCrory knowing that he supported the Republican-led budget plan, which resulted in deep cuts to public education.

Pollster Tom Jensen runs down the latest poll numbers in North Carolina’s gubernatorial contest and the presidential race this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon. For a preview of his radio interview, click below:

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