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WRAL News poll: McCrory ahead of Perdue in gubernatorial race

Posted May 12, 2008

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— The race for governor is starting out close because neither candidate attracts the majority of voters to their corner yet – so undecided voters will be the swing factor.

Rasmussen Reports surveyed 500 likely voters statewide on Thursday and found Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, the Republican candidate, has a 45 percent to 39 percent edge over Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue, the Democrat. They won their parties' primary elections last week.

Libertarian candidate Michael Munger earns support from 4 percent of North Carolina voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

"It just shows that my positive campaign is resonating with the citizens of North Carolina and that they are ready for new leadership,” McCrory said Monday in response to the poll.

A Perdue spokesman responded with, "We expect to run a very close, vigorous race through the fall and look forward to winning in November."

In March, Perdue had a three-point lead over McCrory when they were listed as possible opponents.

"I think the poll really does illustrate this could be a different type of gubernatorial race,” Peace College political science professor David McLennan said.

McLennan said McCrory could win support with independents and even some Democrats.

"His policies are not mainstream Republican all the time, although he does have good Republican credentials,” McLennan said.

"I'm going to try and get Richard Moore’s supporters to support me,” McCrory said last Wednesday.

Moore, the state treasurer, lost to Perdue in the Democratic primary.

Perdue is also out to win those same voters.

"I’m asking not just Democrats, I’m asking Republicans and independents too,” Perdue said last Tuesday.

McCrory is viewed favorably by 56 percent and unfavorably by 29 percent. Perdue’s ratings are 50 percent favorable and 41 percent unfavorable.

Munger is less known, earning favorable ratings from 24 percent and unfavorable ratings from 35 percent while 41percent said they were not sure.

McLennan said there could be a reason Perdue's favorable percentage is lower than McCrory's.

"Perdue came off a very divisive primary campaign, and the Moore campaign hit her with everything but the kitchen sink,” he said.

But McLennan added that Perdue still has plenty of time to work on her image.

"With five months left in the campaign, so much can change,” he said.

In the presidential race, Sen. John McCain leads Barack Obama by less than the margin or error – 48 percent to 45 percent – when Obama is listed as the Democratic candidate. He also has a 3-point margin over Hillary Clinton, too, 43 percent to 40 percent, with more people undecided about that match-up.

The U.S. Senate race in the state is surprisingly close, with Kay Hagan, a Democrat from Greensboro, at 48 percent and Elizabeth Dole, the Republican incumbent, at 47 percent.

Thirty-eight percent of voters say that Gov. Mike Easley is doing a good or an excellent job, while 24 percent say he is doing a poor job.

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  • colliedave May 13, 2008

    McCroy has a tough road to hoe. While Perdue has strong ties to Easley she is also a dem, and since AAs will come out strong for Obama, they often vote a straight ticket. McCrory has to start asking if we want four more years of Easley.

  • nodoginthisfight May 13, 2008

    All we need is 4 more years of a Easley type admin. No thanks "Bev". I'll take my chances with McCrory, anything beats more of the same ole bull....

  • Eduardo1 May 13, 2008

    WOW, TIS SHOULD BE A BIG FLASH STOP THE PRESSES STORY. WHAT DO WE HAVE IN NORTH CAROLINA, ABOUT 5 MILLION VOTERS. SO I GUESS IT IS A REAL HOT STORY THAT ABOUT OUT OF 500 POSSIBLE VOTERS 225 MIGHT VOTE FOR PAT & 195 MIGHT VOTE FOR BEV. BASED UPON THIS SCIENTIFIC POLL, BEV SHOULD NOTE WASTE TIM OR MONEY AND PACK IT IN RIGHT NOW. WRAL, PLEEZZEE, GIVE US A BREAK AND OLD UP ON THE POLLS UNTIL THE END OF THE SUMMER. WE HAVE BEEN POLLED TO DEATH WITH BARAK & HILLARY. THE NEXT POLL SHOULD BE WHEN 25,000 PEOPLE ARE LIKELY TO VOTE, TO GIVE US A FAIR & BALANCED IDEA WHO STANDS WHERE.

  • gmoux138 May 13, 2008

    Not familiar with the problems they have had with the Mayor but I know we need some changes in Raleigh and just don't see the "Bev" doing any of that. Love to see a sweeping up of the current crowd. Rand and Basnight included; too much power in a little block!

  • doodad May 13, 2008

    fuzzmom, please indulge us.

  • fuzzmom May 13, 2008

    All I can say is that this is a sad state [no pun intended] of affairs. State employees are probably doomed with Purdue, and if what she's done for public schools is any indication of what she'll do for the State, watch out! Meanwhile, everyone seems to have forgotten about McCrory's little "problem" with Blacks in Charlotte. They have wanted him out for a while. If he is seen as a racist by a major part of his city, what will he be like for the State?

  • Cricket at the lake May 13, 2008

    teacher 56, It is offensive to me for a teacher's union to endorse any candidate. What have the democrats done for education? I do feel sorry for the schools that have to do everything for children now: feed them, disciple them, teach them moral values. There is no time left for teaching. The whole country has a societal problem that no one has the courage to address: the break down of families and traditional values. And now the schools are burdened with a flood of students that don't even speak English. Doesn't anyone care that these students are taking away from their own child's education?
    Our family pays twice for our son's education, once thru state withholding taxes and again for private school tuition and we don't even get any kind of a tax break since our child won't ever attend public school.
    Vote Republican and get away from the democrats that want to socialize our society and punish the hardest workers that make more money by taxing them excessively.

  • Beachnut May 13, 2008

    Well shoot, I was enjoying all the back-stabbing, meltdowns, scandals, and plain incompetence that the democratic party brought to NC politics. It sure will get boring if McCrory gets elected...

  • OnlyOneVoice May 13, 2008

    karrguy77 - I'm with you, and also a state employee. I'm tired of this current administration's political garbage. McCrory has my vote and I will tell anyone and everyone I know to vote for him.

  • PlanetX May 13, 2008

    GO PAT GO!!!

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