Concerned. That’s the best description of how likely voters in North Carolina view the economy. The October Civitas Poll showed the troubling view. Check out Question 7. You can see that about two out of three say it’s getting worse – with 46% saying the economy is ‘definitely’ getting worse.

More than half of likely voters – 55% – say President Biden is to blame.

Whether our view is real or perceived, it’s not good. So are we North Carolinians correct? At this week’s Shaftesbury Society virtual forum, we talked about inflation, labor shortages, and more. Here’s how Mike Walden, professor emeritus at NC State University assesses things: