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Poll: Perdue, McCrory in dead heat for governor

Posted June 12, 2008

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— Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory are neck-and-neck in the North Carolina gubernatorial race, according to a new WRAL News poll.

A survey of 500 likely voters on Tuesday by the polling firm Rasmussen Reports showed Perdue, the Democratic nominee, with 47 percent of the vote and McCrory, the Republican nominee, with 46 percent. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Perdue erased the slight lead McCrory held immediately after the state's May 6 primary. In a poll conducted then, McCrory held a 45 to 39 percent lead.

The latest poll shows a reverse gender gap: Perdue holds a slight lead among male voters, while McCrory leads among female voters. Perdue leads among voters ages 30 to 49, and McCrory holds an edge with both younger and older voters. Perdue holds a sizable lead among voters with children in the home and in most income brackets.

Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed have a favorable view of McCrory, and Perdue's favorable rating was 52 percent.

The poll also found that an overwhelming majority of voters, 89 percent, would like to make English the official language of North Carolina's government offices. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed are in favor of increased taxes on cigarettes and alcohol, which Gov. Mike Easley has proposed to generate money for teacher raises and mental health programs.

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  • colliedave Jun 12, 2008

    We do NOT need Bev "no coal, no nukes" anywere near the governor's mansion unless she gets a job as a maid.

  • momof2girls Jun 12, 2008

    Go Bev!! She knows and will do what is RIGHT for N.C.!!!

  • davidgnews Jun 12, 2008

    All he has to do is hang the lottery around her neck and join her at the hip with Easley. You can pretty well stick a fork in this race, and it won't take 5 debates to do so.

  • Trivr Jun 12, 2008

    Anyone have any info where a person can find NC candidate info that goes beyond mailers, ads, etc. like conservative/liberal ratings for national level candidates?

  • FloydTurbo Jun 12, 2008

    That result for "English as the official language" is encouraging.

    Where did that much "good common sense" come from ???

    Bev Perdue will now claim "she" created the English language as Lt Governor.

  • ifcdirector Jun 12, 2008

    Yet another Hobson's Choice for the masses.

  • dianadarling Jun 12, 2008

    go pat go

  • djofraleigh Jun 12, 2008

    I believe I'm a democrat but am going to vote AGAINST Bev Perdue over her casting the tie breaking vote for the lottery. I can't believe she didn't get something for presiding over the assembly in that hook and crook deal, voting after the session was "over" and while three votes against were 'out of town.'

  • PaulRevere Jun 12, 2008

    Also, from the Rasmussen poll:

    Tar Heel voters by a substantial majority (70%) support drilling for oil off of North Carolina's Outer Banks to ease the nation's dependence on foreign oil. Just 22% are opposed."

    This is a result I can actually believe. I suppose we all believe what we want, eh?