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Poll: McCain holds close lead over Obama in N.C.

Posted August 15, 2008

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— More voters in North Carolina are leaning toward Republican presidential candidate John McCain, a WRAL News Poll showed Friday.

In a survey of 700 likely voters statewide by polling firm Rasmussen Reports, McCain leads Democrat Barack Obama by 46 to 42 percent. The poll, which was conducted Wednesday, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

McCain widened his lead over Obama in North Carolina by one percentage point from a similar poll conducted a month ago.

The presumptive GOP candidate's four-point lead is among voters who described themselves as certain in their choices. The poll also included people who said they were favoring one candidate or the other but might change their minds before November.

When those people, called "leaners," are included, McCain has opened a six-point lead, 50 to 44 percent. That marks his biggest edge since mid-March.

McCain's support has climbed since mid-March, the time of controversial comments by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former pastor.

Both candidates are viewed favorably by the majority of North Carolina residents polled during the telephone survey. McCain is viewed favorably by 59 percent, an increase of two percentage points from last month. Fifty-one percent of voters found Obama to be favorable, down a point from last month.

Sixty-percent of white voters surveyed supported McCain to Obama’s 27 percent. Obama led the black vote with 93 percent to McCain’s 1 percent.

McCain led Obama by 20 percentage points among male voters, 58 percent to 38 percent. Obama leads female voters 49 percent to 44 percent.

Obama leads among voters aged 18 to 29, with 51 percent to McCain's 37 percent. McCain’s strongest contingent was among voters 65 years or older, where he leads Obama by 20 percentage points – 57 percent to 37 percent.

North Carolina voters indicated they were most interested in economic issues and finding new sources of energy. Voters surveyed believe the U.S. and its allies are winning the war on terrorism.

Forty-eight percent of those surveyed thought President George W. Bush was doing a poor job, compared with 38 percent who found Bush to be doing a good or excellent job.

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  • Dogs best Friend 24 Aug 15, 2008

    "What on earth made you think that the election of Bush would lead to "less government":

    whoa whoa whoa ....hold on. I admitted my mistake for voting for Bush twice...well let me back up on that, the first time was pre 9/ll, if I had known about all the liberty snatching that's going to take place I wouldn't have voted for him...so don't keep accusing me of regurgitating sound bites...pause a moment and listen to what I'm saying here...you and I are on the same page...I agree with everything you're saying. Let me say this loud and clear.....

    I'M NOT VOTING FOR MCCAIN OR OBAMA......RON PAUL WILL BE HAND WRITTEN IN MY HAND WRITING THIS NOVEMBER.

  • humbleblaklady Aug 15, 2008

    You mentioned "voting records" as a means of indicating what candidates/politicians are truly about; and I agree. Thus, it does not help me to understand how we can expect any different outcome from McCain when he "voted" 95.6% of the time in agreement with the Bush Administration's policies. I'm sorry, 4.4% IS NOT A MAVERICK! McCain has HISTORICALLY voted against a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday-yet, he NOW apologizes and speaks in favor of it. He voted twice against legislation that would both investigate and support victims of Hurricane Katrina. Yet, after sending his kids down (for a photo opt two weeks prior to his arrival)he uttered the words, "Never again, will I allow our government to act so slowly and irresponsible". To the rest of America, he talks "tough" on illegal immigration, yet runs an ad in the Southwestern region proclaiming "illegals" as "God's people" (aren't we ALL?). Obviously the "intend" of the "straight talker" is to appeal to the Hispanic population.

  • humbleblaklady Aug 15, 2008

    "Whether any of you understand it or not, what you need is less government, more choices, more supply than demand. That's what built this country and the farther away we get from that the less freedom we all enjoy.(for now)"
    Dogs best Friend 24

    What on earth made you think that the election of Bush would lead to "less government" intervention in the affairs of Americans? Again, that's just a "sound bite" that is COMPLETELY DIVORCED FROM REALITY OR THE POLITICS OF REALITY! The impact of government "from monitoring phone calls" to "your e-mail" (and probably this site) has been compromised by this administration-all in the name of "homeland security" when THEY SHOULD BE securing our borders and RESPONDING with aid when natural disasters affect our fellow Americans. You sound too intelligent to "go for traditional" political sound bites! Especially after the guy had spent the previous three years jilting the American public.

  • Dogs best Friend 24 Aug 15, 2008

    Now see...I knew we want the same things. I totally agree with your last statement.

    I do feel every man should be judged by his or her actions. Lets not say McCain will be another Bush. I'm sure McCain and Obama will bring a whole new set of problems.

  • Dogs best Friend 24 Aug 15, 2008

    What do you even BASE this assumption on?
    humbleblaklady

    voting records

    fyi...I do not listen to O'Reilly or Rush. I can think for myself. I don't need any radio talk show host to do my thinking for me. Just like I don't need a president or congress to run my life for me or my family. Whether any of you understand it or not, what you need is less government, more choices, more supply than demand. That's what built this country and the farther away we get from that the less freedom we all enjoy.(for now)

  • humbleblaklady Aug 15, 2008

    I will agree with you-and have stated REPEATEDLY-that "Left Wing; Right Wing; they're all attached to the SAME BIRD" WHO FLIES OVER ORDINARY PEOPLE AND S--- ON US!" But in MY LIFETIME, I have NEVER witnessed one administration that has so thoroughly dismantled and destroyed everything from American principles and values; system of government (both the legislative and judicial systems were virtually NON-ENTITIES the first 6 years of this Administration) and brought the economy to its knees-almost "singlehandedly". Thus, instead of being macho and saying, "We'll go it alone"; someone who can earn the respect and cooperation (we can't kill or bomb ALL OUR PROBLEMS AWAY)of at least our allies; as we go forward in the 21st century. How can we even "imply" that China is an enemy when a major portion of our $9 TRILLION world debt is owed to CHINA! We need someone who can inspire us "internally" while negotiating "external" cooperation. WE ARE NOT THE POLICE OF THE WORLD!

  • humbleblaklady Aug 15, 2008

    "yes I voted for Bush twice. I'm not trying to hide behind anything or anyone. I take reasonability for my actions unlike so many in this country. Am I proud of my choice...not really...but what was the alternative...Gore, Kerry? lol that would have been a bigger mistake."--Dogs best Friend 24

    How did I know?!!! The pattern is the same--straight out of the "Non-Facts by Bill O'Reilly textbook. If you think Gore or Kerry would have done a "WORST" job than Bush, then you clearly have learned NOTHING (lol). What do you even BASE this assumption on? Probably nothing more than "sound bites"; "photo opts" and "BOO! (BE AFRAID; BE VERY VERY AFRAID!) POLITICS of the past 7 Bush years! And don't hand me that "We haven't been ATTACKED in the past 7 years" stuff. I remind you that we "didn't get attacked" during the last 7 years of the Clinton Administration either!" Either Kerry or Gore, both much more intelligent than Bush (and who could have MISLED AND LIED MORE) would have been much better

  • Dogs best Friend 24 Aug 15, 2008

    humbleblaklady: yes I voted for Bush twice. I'm not trying to hide behind anything or anyone. I take reasonability for my actions unlike so many in this country. Am I proud of my choice...not really...but what was the alternative...Gore, Kerry? lol that would have been a bigger mistake. One of the problems I have with our current election process is that we don't have enough choices. Sure we have the other fringe parties but no one with any real solutions other than Ron Paul. That's who I think should be our next president. Honestly I think that's who I will vote for this year. It is my privilege and right to write in whom I think is the best choice for president. Even though I will be throwing away a vote, I think it's time to send a message to Washington that at least one American wants something besides "business as usual".

  • davidgnews Aug 15, 2008

    Dogs best Friend 24 - so right. It's a one-party system with a posturing, two-party facade. The politicians want people in a continual sandbox fight as if they were 3rd graders on a playground, because they keep winning that way. Of course, it's never 'our' congresscritter, it's someone else's. Then people scream 'term limits,' when it IS also OUR congresscritter that needs to be thrown out. Just look at the Dole supporters, for instance. It wouldn't be any different if it were the other way around.

    Language was hijacked a long time ago, so those terms are really meaningless now when you consider 'whose throwing what' in the mud dept. I find that most people around here that claimn to be conservative, aren't that at all - especially if they have to make an outright claim, or wear it on their sleeve.

    The libs/progressives/whatever are not exempt from this, either.

  • humbleblaklady Aug 15, 2008

    Dogs best Friend 24, good attempt to try and hide your "conservatism" (whatever that means). Many Bush supporters now try and hide behind the "it could happen to anyone" routine; now that things have gotten so bad. But, admittedly, its better than trying to face the facts that "I voted for this idiot" and now we ALL ARE PAYING THE PRICE! (Including me). Yes, I've seen that approach before. Don't worry, in the "secret" of your voting booth--you'll get a chance to elect a better candidate this time. And YES, there IS some major differences between these two candidates; Obama DID NOT VOTE 95.6% of the time for policies that brought our country to this level of suffering. That's a MAJOR difference.

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