Wolfpack Pride Thriving

Public Opinion

My research and analysis for Pack Poll:

How much pride do you have in being a student at NC State?  When State students were asked how much they agreed with the statement “I am proud to be a student at N.C. State,” 94% agreed, up slightly from 90% who said this in the Fall 2011 Pack Poll.  The share of N.C. State Students who said they feel this way “strongly” also increased slightly, from 65% in 2011 to 68% in 2012.

Maybe students feel more pride because of the men’s basketball team’s highly praised performance in the NCAA tournament?  Overall, 87% of N.C. State students said they were proud of men’s basketball team’s performance, and 65% reported feeling that way “strongly.”  The linkage to feeling proud to be a student at State is clear: 99% of those who expressed strong pride in the basketball team were also proud to be a student at State.  That figure declined to 90% if pride in the team was not strongly felt, and just 78% among students who said they were neutral regarding the team.

The Right Direction

While students are not satisfied with the direction of the country, fully 67% of them say things at N.C. State are “generally headed in the right direction.”  Just 7% thought that N.C. State is on “the wrong track,” while about a quarter (26%) was unsure.  Students who said things at N.C. State are headed in the right direction were slightly more likely to say they had or were going to vote in the 2012 Spring NCSU student body elections.  Over half (51%) planned on voting if they said State was headed in the right direction, while 43% were going to vote among those who thought the opposite.  The belief that things at N.C. State are generally in the right direction was also significantly positively associated with the feeling of pride in being a student at N.C. State.

Class Pride

Freshmen are much more optimistic about the direction of N.C. State than students in any other class. A significantly higher proportion of freshmen at N.C. State say that N.C. State University is generally headed in the right direction. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of N.C. State freshman say that N.C. State is headed in the right direction. Although a sizable majority (69%) of sophomores still agree that N.C. State is on the right track, just 62% of juniors and 64% of seniors feel this way. Underclassmen are also shown to be less likely to see N.C. State to be heading in the wrong direction, with freshman saying that N.C. State is on the wrong track just 4% of the time, while just 6% of sophomores report feeling similarly. More than twice as many juniors (10%) and seniors (9%) feel that N.C. State heading in the wrong direction than their freshman counterparts.

 I am proud to be a student at N.C. State…

Strongly Agree Agree Total
Freshman 73 21 94
Sophomore 65 29 93
Junior 67 27 95
Senior 68 26 94
Disagree Strongly Disagree Total No Opinion
Freshman 1 1 1 5
Sophomore 2 1 2 5
Junior 1 1 2 4
Senior 3 0 3 3

Nearly all students (94%) in each class at N.C. State agreed that they feel proud to be N.C. State students, while nearly no one disagreed. Just 1% of freshman, 2% of sophomores and juniors, and 3% of seniors reported that they do not feel proud to be a student at N.C. State. The vast majority (73%) of freshman express strong pride in being a student at N.C. State.  More than two-thirds of juniors (67%) and seniors (68%) also strongly agree with the statement “I am proud to be a student at N.C. State,” while slightly less (65%) sophomores strongly feel this way. Males and females did not differ significantly in their opinions on the direction of N.C. State or in pride in being an N.C. State student.

Source: http://packpoll.com/wolfpack-pride-thriving/

Fewer Students Oppose Gays and Lesbians to Legally Marry

Policy, Public Opinion

My research with the Pack Poll:

A plurality of students (49%) currently favors allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while just three-in-ten students (30%) oppose the idea. The proportion of students who support the legalization of same-sex marriage has changed very little since the fall of 2010, when the first Pack Poll took place.  Yet, support has declined slightly compared to a high of 54% in the spring of this year. While support has remained relatively stable, more students say they have “no opinion (13% in 2010, 21% today), and opposition is declining. Since the fall 2010 poll, opposition to same-sex marriage declined by 7% (from 37% to 30%).

Civil Unions

Opinions about allowing gays and lesbians to form civil unions are similar to gay marriage, but apparently experiencing more variation over time. For example, a slim majority of students (53%) presently favor civil unions. Yet, support for civil unions has experienced a moderate decline since the spring of this year when 62% of students supported the legalization of same-sex civil unions. Likewise, opposition to civil unions is just 27%, but this figure has risen from 19% of students polled in the spring of this year.

Gender

Women respondents are more likely favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally (62%) than men (44%). Women also express significantly stronger feelings about the issues of same-sex marriage and civil unions. An analysis of student responses finds that approximately one-third of women say they strongly favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally (35%) and form civil unions (33%).

Gays and Lesbians Legally Forming Civil Unions Gays and Lesbians Marrying Legally
Favor Oppose Favor Oppose
Total 49% 30% 53% 27%
Male 44% 33% 42% 34%
Female 62% 24% 56% 27%
Straight 50% 29% 47% 31%
Gay/Lesbian 100% 0% 100% 0%
Bisexual 100% 0% 100% 0%

Republicans in the state legislature have pushed through a referendum to amend the state constitution to effectively ban gay marriage.  The amendment would limit domestic legal unions to marriages between one man and one woman. Voters will get to decide during the primary elections to be held next spring. State students oppose the amendment nearly 2-1. While 52% expressed opposition to the ban, just 27% said they favored it.

Majority Opposes a Constitutional Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage

Surprisingly, roughly one-thirds (35%) of students who strongly opposed allowing gays and lesbians to legally marry did not support the constitutional amendment, but just 15% of those who strongly opposed allowing gays and lesbians to legally form civil unions opposed the amendment. Conversely, opposition was much stronger among students who expressed support for gay marriage. Over nine-in-ten students (91%) who strongly favored allowing gays and lesbians to legally marry opposed the constitutional amendment.

Compared to the Nation

According to the Pew Foundation, 45% of the American public currently say that they approve of allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, slightly lower than the 49% of N.C. State students who say this.  Among the N.C. State student population, however, only 30% currently disapprove of the legalization of same-sex marriage, which is significantly lower than the national average of 46%. The fact that fewer State students are willing to express an opinion, however, could be masking some hidden opposition due to social desirability pressures.

“Same-Sex Marriage” N.C. State United States
Agree 49% 45%
Oppose 30% 46%

Note on Methodology: The Pack Poll at NC State University was fielded between Nov. 1 –  Nov. 8, 2011. Responses came from 1108 partial and 970 completed interviews with NCSU undergraduates.  A random sample of 5,000 students’ email was used to contact potential respondents, who were invited to take the on-line survey using a software program called Qualtrics. The survey has a margin of sampling error of approximately plus or minus 3 percentage points.  For smaller subsamples within the survey, the margin of sampling error is larger. In addition to sampling error, factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional error into the findings of opinion polls.

Source: http://packpoll.com/fewer-students-oppose-gays-and-lesbians-to-legally-marry/

Nearly all Students Proud to be at N.C. State

Public Opinion

My research and analysis for Pack Poll:

“Major” Differences in Pride Exist

Fully 90% of N.C. State students agreed when asked, do you feel “proud to be a student at N.C. State,” and approximately two-thirds of those students (65%) said they “strongly” agreed. Furthermore, about nine-in-ten students also reported feeling “proud to be a part of my college at N.C. State,” (88%) and “proud to be a student in my major or degree program,” (87%). While few students (3%) did not agree, it is possible that expressing pride in being a student at N.C. State might be overstated due to social desirability effects.

The amount of pride students had varied a little bit according to their home college. Almost everyone studying in textiles, for example, agreed they felt proud about State, their college, and their major. By way of contrast, 12% of students in CHASS/Design did not agree they felt proud of being a student at State, and almost 20% did not feel proud of being in their major.

% who feel“proud to be a student in…” N.C. State My College My Major
CALS/CNR

89%

89%

89%
CHASS/Design

88%

82%

83%
PAMS/Engineering

89%

91%

92%
COM

89%

84%

89%
Textiles

100%

97%

95%
Education

100%

97%

91%
First Year College

100%

64%

41%

The “Right Direction” at State

Roughly six-in-ten students consider things at N.C. State to be “headed in the right direction”, while only 14% of students thought N.C. State was “headed in the wrong direction”. The belief that things at N.C. State are generally in the right direction was significantly related feeling pride in being a student at N.C. State. Approximately two-thirds of students who see N.C. State as on the right track also reported feeling pride in being a student at N.C. State, a student in their respective college, and a student in their major or degree program.
In a comparison of all colleges at N.C. State, First Year College students were the most likely to consider N.C. State to be on the right track, but their numbers were the fewest (n= 16). Similar to the pride question, the highest percentage of students believing NCSU is on the right track come from textiles (72%), while the largest percentage of students saying things are n the wrong track come from CHASS/Design.

Fresh Most Likely to Say, “Right Direction”

A significantly higher proportion of “frosh” or freshmen at N.C. State say that N.C. State University is generally headed in the right direction. Of the incoming freshman, 44% agreed that N.C. State was on the right track. Freshmen are much more optimistic about the direction of N.C. State than students in any other class. Overall, there are more modest differences in views of sophomores and upperclassmen: 56% of sophomores consider N.C. State to be on the right track, 55% of juniors express this view, as do 57% of seniors.
Frosh are also shown to be less likely to see N.C. State to be heading in the wrong direction (6%). More than twice as many sophomores and juniors (14%) see N.C. State heading in the wrong direction than their freshman counterparts while nearly one-in-five seniors (19%) say that N.C. State is on the wrong track, representing a 13-point difference from the 6% of freshman who consider N.C. State to be on the wrong track.
Students demonstrate moderately less substantial differences in expression of N.C. State pride than in views on the direction of the university. Overall, the senior class is the least expressive of pride in being an N.C. State student, with just under 89% expressing pride in being a student at N.C. State. Juniors express similar views with 89% agreeing with the statement “I am proud to be a student at N.C. State.” Just over nine-in-ten sophomores (91%) agreed with the same statement, while Frosh were most likely to express pride in being a student at N.C. State University (92%).

Wrong Direction for the Country

Six-in-ten students at N.C. State (60%) say that the university is heading in the right direction. However, just 17% of students feel that the country is on the right track. Compared to the 13% of students who say N.C. State University is heading in the wrong direction, significantly more students (48%) say that the country is headed in the wrong direction. 7-in-ten N.C. While students report substantially more favorable views on the direction of N.C. State than on direction of the county, students who say that the university is heading in the wrong direction also feel that the county is heading in the wrong direction.

Direction of N.C. State Direction of the Nation

Right Track

60%

17%

Wrong Track

13%

48%

Note on Methodology: The Pack Poll at NC State University was fielded between Nov. 1 –  Nov. 8, 2011. Responses came from 1108 partial and 970 completed interviews with NCSU undergraduates.  A random sample of 5,000 students’ email was used to contact potential respondents, who were invited to take the on-line survey using a software program called Qualtrics. The survey has a margin of sampling error of approximately plus or minus 3 percentage points.  For smaller subsamples within the survey, the margin of sampling error is larger. In addition to sampling error, factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional error into the findings of opinion polls.

Source: http://packpoll.com/138/