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WRAL Poll: Moore, Perdue Favored Over GOP Candidates

Posted February 29, 2008

— Either Democratic gubernatorial candidate – Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue or Treasurer Richard Moore – would defeat any of the Republican candidates if the election were held today, according to a recent WRAL News Poll.

In a survey of 500 likely voters conducted Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports, Perdue leads state Sen. Fred Smith, of Johnston County by 18 percent and former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr by 17 percent.

The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

In a possible head-to-head matchup between Smith and Perdue, 49 percent of respondents said they would vote for Perdue and 31 percent for Smith, while 6 percent said they would vote for another candidate and 15 percent were unsure.

Between Orr and Perdue, 48 percent of respondents said they would voted for Perdue, 31 percent for Smith, 7 percent for another candidate and 15 percent were unsure.

Moore fared best against Orr with 46 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him and 28 percent for Orr. Nine percent said they would vote for another candidate and 17 percent said they were unsure.

Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory was favored over his three Republican opponents.

When respondents were asked which of the six gubernatorial candidates they had a "very favorable" opinion of, 25 percent named Moore and 22 percent named Perdue. Sixteen percent had a "very favorable" opinion of McCrory; other Republican candidates trailed – Smith with 10 percent, Salisbury attorney Bill Graham with 6 percent and Orr with 5 percent.

Both Moore and Perdue had the fewest unfavorable opinions as well. Seven percent of respondents had a "very unfavorable" opinion of Moore; 8 percent said the same about Perdue. Among the Republicans, 13 percent had a "very unfavorable" opinion of McCrory; 14 percent of Orr and Smith; and 17 percent said Graham.


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  • thewayitis Feb 29, 2008

    I find it hard to believe that NC would elect another governor that wants to do nothing but tax and spend, tax and spend. I want somebody to be elected who will stop taking all of my money, stop robbing the highway fund, and stopping adding programs that only benefit a select few. Oh, and it would be nice if we could find somebody who is honest and not out to cheat the people of NC like so many of our elected representatives have been doing. Do we really want more of the status quo? Well, I guess if Jim Black got re-elected even AFTER everybody knew what he had done, that says it all. Think people, think!

  • S82R Feb 29, 2008

    Polls mean squat right now. Perdue and Moore have much better name recognition since they have been in office and have plastered their faces/names all over TV (at our expense in many cases I might add) espousing all of the good they have done.

    Its the same way Easley did it, use taxpayer dollars to get name recognition while serving in an office that people vote on the straight ticket (since they don't care).

  • cartman Feb 29, 2008

    This isn't a big surprise.....look at the mess Bush has gotten us into...so any republican supporting Bush will lose the support of the people.

  • One flew over Randy_s nest Feb 29, 2008

    "they only poll democrats anyway and mainly in counties way out of the main stream. big joke" - NC_VET

    How do you know? Where did you find the poll methodology information that supports your allegations?
    Or are you only making wild, unsupported guesses?

  • ThinkChick Feb 29, 2008

    Unless you catch a glimpse of an ad for either a Republican or an independent, you'd think NC had only one political party...

    Let's unseat the "ruling class" this year folks and return government to the rest of us.

  • PaulRevere Feb 29, 2008

    Errr...no mention of how McCrory matches up?

  • doodad Feb 29, 2008

    More WRAL biased support.

    Our state government needs overhauling and Moore and Perdue will only keep floatin the same old junk.

  • elcid89 Feb 29, 2008

    LOL, polls only seem to matter on here when they favor Republicans. So be it, I guess.

    It's beginning to look a lot ... like ... Christmas ... lol

  • Me again Feb 29, 2008

    I don't understand why I got an urgent newsflash email telling me this. Was this supposed to get my hopes up? Was I supposed to say, "Yes, now I can start my weekend?" This hardly warrants an email newsflash especially when it's predictable anyway. Election after election the state of NC votes democrat at the state level and republican at the federal level.

  • chfdcpt Feb 29, 2008

    Both from the same administration that raised taxes, added taxes to every possible thing under the sun, "borrowed" from the DOT fund, broke the state treasury, did not give any state employees any raises at all. Happy happy joy joy!!!