January 24, 2022 6:00am

Welcome To The First Charlotte Power Poll

Here's An Opportunity Each Month To See Where The Community Stands

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Charlotte, NC Correspondent

Welcome to the first Power Poll for the Charlotte, N.C., region, offering the opportunity to measure the pulse of the community on its most pressing issues.

The Charlotte Power Poll is part of a growing national network of 30-plus cities. Once a month in each city, a selected and very large group of local leaders – in government, business, civic, religious, education, arts and other institutions – are invited to answer the questions in our online poll. The questions are specific to each city, crafted by a local correspondent who knows what’s going on locally.

You have from 7 a.m. Tuesday to noon Thursday to weigh in. If you are receiving the Power Poll each month in your inbox, please take a moment to respond. Leave a comment if you feel so moved. If you want to receive the poll, let us know. We’ll consider you for the list.

When the polls close – no fraud here!!! – we’ll analyze the results and post a story and charts here. Want to know how your community stands on the issues? Seeking the best way to build consensus based on those beliefs? That’s what Power Poll is for.

Now on to the inaugural poll.

Early in the new year, what do you believe is the most pressing issue facing the Charlotte region?

The depth of concern with the state of our public schools is reflected in the response. Not surprisingly, 40 percent cite the surge of the omicron variant as our most pressing issue. But an equal number – 40 percent – cites a lack of confidence in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Guns in schools. The sometimes confusing response to covid (Are the schools open? Will they shut down today?). Declining enrollment as families flee to private schools. It all adds up to a lack of confidence being as worrisome to respondents as the worst health crisis in modern times.

Should taxpayers support Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper in his intention to build a new stadium for his NFL team?

Not surprisingly, 57 percent said no to tax breaks, land, infrastructure support or a good, old check. As much as politics and reality compel municipalities to subsidize pro sports owners for fear of the team leaving town, who wants to say yes to helping a guy like Tepper? The guy’s worth more than $15 billion. Perhaps the biggest surprise here is that 10 percent still don’t know what they think.

When local TV meteorologists forecast dire amounts of snow, do you initially believe them or are they crying wolf?

The weather people who warn us to batten down the hatches get surprisingly high marks here. Forty-three believe them. Interestingly, we posed this question as Charlotte was forecast to be in line for a blizzard. Not so much. While the mountains got hammered – we sound like one of those weather geeks – Charlotte proper got about an inch. Still, the Brad Panoviches of Charlotte (a weatherman) can take heart.

There you have it, the first Charlotte Power Poll. If the poll appears in your inbox, please respond. If you want it to appear, let us know. By all means, keep an eye out for the results. That means anyone and everyone. You’ll be a better leader and citizen knowing what your neighbors think.

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