December 23, 2022 12:00pm

On Supermajorities, holiday parties and Christmas trees

No consensus on legislative power shift

By Paul Garber
Winston-Salem, NC Correspondent

There's not a hard consensus among respondents on the question of whether power will shift as a result of November's midterm election. There was an even split among those who said power wouldn't shift much, and those who said it will shift toward the GOP. The midterms brought a near supermajority for the Republican-led legislature, but not enough for the GOP to overturn a veto from Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper without getting an assist from conservative Dems.

Those two answers, split evenly, accounted for two thirds of all reponses to the question. Another 21 percent said the with a stronger GOP legislature but Cooper's veto pen still a factor will mean that the two sides will have to come together for major legislation to pass.

The split in the power shift question is a contrast to the landslide vote about masking. Despite an uptick in viral infections, 67 percent of respondents said not intending to go back to masking for holiday get-togethers. Less than a quarter said they will.

Apparenlty, the tradition of going to the mountains for a "choose your own" tree spree is not particularly widespread in our Power Poll group. Only 3 percent will make that trip this year. More than half prefer the convenience of an artificial tree, while a third will hit up a local lot.

Hoping everyone has a great 2023.

About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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