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Poll: Perdue has 6-point lead in governor race

Posted August 15, 2008

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— Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue has opened a slight lead over Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory in the North Carolina gubernatorial race, according to a new WRAL News poll.

A survey of 700 likely voters on Wednesday by the polling firm Rasmussen Reports showed Perdue, the Democratic nominee, with 49 percent of the vote and McCrory, the Republican nominee, with 43 percent. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Last month, the race was a dead heat, with the candidates separated by one percentage point. McCrory held a slight lead immediately after the state's May 6 primary. In a poll conducted then, he was ahead 45 percent to 39 percent lead.

In the most recent poll, Perdue was supported by 94 percent of black voters surveyed, compared with McCrory’s 5 percent. Among white voters McCrory led 54 percent to Perdue’s 36 percent.

Perdue was strongly supported by female voters by 54 percent to McCrory’s 39 percent. Among men surveyed, 50 percent supported McCrory and 42 percent favored Perdue.

The strongest contingent for Perdue was in voters aged 18 to 29, among whom she was supported by 66 percent to McCrory’s 25 percent. McCrory was supported by the majority of voters surveyed who were 65 and older. He led Perdue 52 percent to 40 percent in that group.

Voters aged 50 to 64-years-old were evenly split at 46 percent for each candidate.


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  • davidgnews Aug 15, 2008

    Tidbit - I wish I'd done it years ago, but things finally fell into place. I spent the past 16 years working at the mercy of people making "leadership" (not) assumptions based on nothing but inexperience. Too much stress, health problems, and unhappiness. Something had to give, and at the end of the day, there really wasn't as much security in that 'steady' check as it appeared. What good are health benefits if the job is just killing you on a daily basis?

    Best of luck. Take any gift you have to give back to people, and run with it. As the saying and book goes - "Do What You Love, and the Money Will Follow."

  • Tidbit Aug 15, 2008

    davidgnews.. I haven't made that leap yet. I want to really bad, but I just haven't. As does my husband. We're tired of working FOR someone and worrying about our jobs. I'd rather work for myself and worry LOL

  • davidgnews Aug 15, 2008

    Tidbit - more often than not, I wish they'd just do away with it so people would have more incentive to make the business they work for even better. Minimum wage, in a lot of areas, just guarantees someone can stand around and collect and it's not much of a motivational tool in and of itself.

    Of course, this also means that businesses pick up the difference and become more social-concious. If that happened, you may stand a chance of driving unions out of business as well.

    As a starup business owner in the past year, I don't get minimum wage at all, and yes, I do have to juggle things and get the best bang for my investment buck. It's tough, but I'm happier than ever, and feel like I'm part of the backbone of this country (which is kinda warm and fuzzy sometimes).

  • napdog123 Aug 15, 2008

    ANYONE who votes for PERDUE has lost thier rocker!! Easley in a dress is all she is...4 more years of NOTHING! North Carolinians are looking smarter every election lemme tell ya!! RIDICULOUS!

  • Tidbit Aug 15, 2008

    davidgnews - no that is definately part of the problem. But it is happening everywhere. Small business owners (like yourself I am sure) have to cut corners and make up for it when hikes go up. Most small businesses are struggling to compete with chains like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, etc.

    I would MUCH rather see (if the gov't has to stick their hands in something) the gov't encourage those at minimum wage to do better and improve themselves to get better jobs and make better pay. These days, there just isn't the enticement to advance (for the more relaxed and less motivated of people). why bother, you can just yell for the gov't to improve your situtation (like minimum wage hikes or heaven for bid "Living wages")

  • workingforthosethatwont Aug 15, 2008

    I just can't see it happening.

  • davidgnews Aug 15, 2008

    Tidbit - not defending min. wage increases (I own a business), but maybe the restaurant wasn't doing so hot, either. There are more than a few people that are cutting back on 'luxuries' like restaurants due to higher gas costs.

  • davidgnews Aug 15, 2008

    Great, lets keep all the corruption in power. The Fox

    That would include BOTH parties.

  • vote4changeASAP Aug 15, 2008

    Keep on talkin' Tidbit.

  • nancyanndud Aug 15, 2008

    I can only say, God help us if we are dumb enough to vote another Easley in office. I really think it would be plane ole stupid. It is time to get smart and vote smart!!!