Some findings are persistent, and this is one of those persistent findings, unfortunately. Counties with high poverty, unemployment, and property tax rates also tend to have high lottery sales per adult.
Esse Quam Videri. To be rather than to seem. That's our motto. It means we prize being genuine, not fake; doing the job, not acting the part; striving for the truth, not being satisfied with looking like we have all the answers.
Ongoing good results from empirically sound policies of lower taxes, regulations, and spending isn't a problem for North Carolinians. They are, however, a real problem for the editorial board of the N&O.
It is easy to tell a pollster you favor something when its costs and benefits are both hypothetical. It's a different thing altogether when the benefits are still speculative, while costs are more immediate.
Knowing that North Carolina law already provides a way for consumers to choose a non-licensed service professional in one area (real estate) ought to make it easier to expand that freedom in other licensed fields.