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Poll: N.C. favors McCain

Posted September 19, 2008

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— Republican presidential nominee John McCain has a much more favorable image among North Carolina residents than his Democratic rival Barack Obama, according to a poll released Friday.

The Elon University Poll, which interviewed 411 people statewide this week, found that 54 percent had favorable views of McCain, while only 37.4 percent had a favorable image of Obama. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, also had a higher approval rating than Obama's vice presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, 48.6 percent to 40.9 percent. Two thirds of those surveyed said vice presidential running mates have at least some influence in their evaluation of the candidates.

More than 40 percent of respondents said they plan to vote Republican in the upcoming presidential election, compared with 35.3 percent who said they would vote Democratic. Almost 20 percent of North Carolina voters remain undecided.

McCain's popularity doesn't appear to extend down the ticket to the U.S. Senate race, where Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole is locked in a tight race with Democratic challenger Kay Hagan, according to the poll.

Among those surveyed, 35.3 percent said they planned to vote Democratic in the Senate race, while 34.8 percent said they would vote Republican. Almost a quarter of the voters are still undecided.

Dole's approval ratings have dropped dramatically in recent months, the poll shows. More than 47 percent of those surveyed disapproved of her job performance, which was almost double the 25.7 percent who disapproved of her performance in an April poll by Elon.

More than half of those surveyed in the latest poll said it was time for North Carolina to have a new senator, while 37.2 percent said Dole deserves to be re-elected.

The economy is by far the most important issue in this year's election, according to the poll. Forty-seven percent of those surveyed ranked it at the top issue, followed by energy and gas prices at 11 percent and education at 10 percent.

More people though McCain was better equipped than Obama to handle the economy, taxes, problems in the housing market, immigration and the war in Iraq, according to the poll. Obama got the nod by those surveyed on the issues of education and health care.

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  • Raleigh 1981 Sep 19, 2008

    Hey Palin can see Russia from Alaska that’s her foreign policy experience. She goes to a town hall rally and doesn't even answer the question and she wants to be VP that's crazy she should get back on the bridge to no where but hey she kept the money though right. The McCain campaign lies about the size of there rallies 10,000 people yeah right when the venue only hold 4500. If you want to vote for someone who is for government deregulation than McCain is your man and you'll see the economy ever worse.

  • canesnut Sep 19, 2008

    Obama says he has an economic plan that'll make everything rosey again . . . but he's not tellin'.

    Me too. I've got a great plan, but I'm not tellin' either.

  • Lyle Sep 19, 2008

    I'll be voting Democrat this year even though I'm a registered Indy.

    Obama/Biden '08

  • cecastromenjivar Sep 19, 2008

    411 people? I am sure someone mentioned this already, but how is this newsworthy? A bigger sample might give this poll more validity, particularly since the recent CNN poll represented a closer race.

  • galateaparty Sep 19, 2008

    "The Obama campaign filed suit in Michigan state court to block the GOP's "Lose your home, lose your vote" scheme, a plan to challenge the eligibility of voters whose homes have entered foreclosure - despite the fact that many remain resident in those homes.."

    Serves them right if they lose their homes. Why should someone who's a deadbeat and homeless be allowed to vote?

    Go Republican!

  • galateaparty Sep 19, 2008

    Of course we favor McCain.

    Look at the housing market, unemployment, the war... sure there may be a few problems, but why change things now? McCain is sure to keep up and follow President Bush's legacy. Everything's so great; why would we want to change? Look at how wonderful we all have it throughout this great country.

    Go Republican! Why change now?

  • heelsfan17 Sep 19, 2008

    I'll be voting Republican this year even though I'm a registered Dem.

  • TiredOleMan Sep 19, 2008

    We would live in total anarchy if certain laws were not 'imposed' on society. It is amazing what one constues as imposed. I 'guess everyone agrees that they what a murderer brought to justice. If we didn't IMPOSE punishment for murder we'd soon cease to be able to function. Maybe we should IMPOSE no laws so that people can just do whatever they please. There would be a no IMPOSE law in effect (which would be an oxymoron). Keep on pleading 'don't infringe or IMPOSE on me' - just don't ask for reaction from the rest of civilized society.

  • supersalo Sep 19, 2008

    The Obama campaign filed suit in Michigan state court to block the GOP's "Lose your home, lose your vote" scheme, a plan to challenge the eligibility of voters whose homes have entered foreclosure - despite the fact that many remain resident in those homes.

    The Republicans must really fear that voters have finally woken up to the madness of the last 8 years.

  • supersalo Sep 19, 2008

    NCcarguy said: "and supersalo....your way sounds like socialism!"

    No, it sounds like Freedom. What this country was supposed to be founded on, remember?

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