Today, I'm not going to tell you what I think about something, but, rather, what you think—that is, registered voters of New Hanover County , according to the Institute of Political Leadership poll. First of all, fewer than half of you approve of how the Legislature is doing its job—44.3%. On the other hand, almost six-out-of-ten (58 & ½%) give Governor Easley an "attaboy." Unless the lawmakers perform brilliantly, and the Governor bumblingly, that's not surprising.
What does raise an eyebrow is how many of you want more taxes! After further thought, though, perhaps surprise shouldn't be the reaction--especially if you don't smoke cigarettes, or drink beer, but don't mind taking a little bet on something. Nearly three-fourths of you (that's in the "overwhelming" realm) approve of raising the state tax on a pack of cigarettes from a nickel to 75 cents a pack (about the national average). About a fourth disapprove—presumably smokers.