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Poll: Dead heat for Obama/McCain in N.C. and Va.

Posted October 23, 2008

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— The latest Winthrop/ETV Poll survey found that among likely voters in North Carolina and Virginia, there is a statistical dead heat between presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.

In South Carolina, McCain is expected to carry the Palmetto State by 20 points.

Scott Huffmon, associate professor of political science and poll director at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., said callers talked to 2,026 likely voters between Sept. 28 and Oct. 19.

Those surveyed include 617 respondents from S.C. (margin of error +/- 3.94 percent), 744 respondents from N.C. (margin of error +/- 3.59 percent), and 665 respondents from Va. (margin of error +/- 3.8 percent).

Huffmon found that by an overwhelming number, respondents in Virginia and North Carolina say that Obama understands their lives. Other highlights of the poll were:

  • Almost 40 percent of white women in Virginia said they were less likely to vote for McCain because of his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice president.
  • More than 50 percent of voters give a thumbs-down to using public funds to save private companies.
  • Six in 10 who say they are likely voters say history will judge President George Bush’s presidency a failure.

Questions covered the war in Iraq, health care, personal finances, gas prices, illegal immigration and taxes.

The results break out two groups of voters, white women and working-class white voters, both of whom are thought to be pivotal in the race.

"Working class" was defined as a person who has  $50,000 or less annual household income, Huffmon said.

“The white working class is economically vulnerable, however they are strong McCain supporters and they believe McCain on virtually every issue,” Huffmon said. “White women are a tipping-point constituency – they represent a segment that could be pulled in either direction. They could change from Bush security moms back to Clinton soccer moms, based on the economy.”


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  • Lyle Oct 24, 2008

    now and others need to read this. Socialist, indeed.


    Maybe it will open a few eyes. BTW, the NY Post endorsed McCain.

    Obama/Biden '08

  • independent_thinker Oct 24, 2008


    Obama's questionable relationships? You're kidding, right...?

    George Bush owned a company, Arbusto Energy, who had a major contributor: Osama Bin Laden's brother....

    Cheney, along with Enron and Halliburton negotiated directly with the Taliban to install a trans-Afghan pipeline months after the bombing of our embassies in Africa.

    Did you vote for "W" and Cheney without questioning their alliances?

    McCain was one of the infamous "Keating Five", and was admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee for his "bad judgment". McCain's relationship with Keating cost taxpayers over $3.4 Billion. McCain intervened on behalf of Keating, a "constituent" [also a heavy donor], and tried to convince the Banking Committee that an insolvent bank was properly capitalized. Sound like a guy who can read a balance sheet?

    Seems to me it's McCain and his supporters who will say anything to get elected.

  • wrx44 Oct 24, 2008

    Obama is the next President...and will win NC...

    And the only ones all you McCain/Republicans can blame is George W. Bush and the failed policies of his administration.

    Karma is a you know what...

    Obama will win due to the massive domestic and international failures and incompentence of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith, etc....

    You elect ideology demagogues, you get catastrophe....and that is what the last 8 years have been.

  • bs101fly Oct 24, 2008

    this election won't even be close, except for states that still practice racism, like ours!

  • yankee1 Oct 24, 2008

    Momof2beauties- I reviewed the web site you suggested, have you read mine? Doubt it!

  • Quagmire Oct 24, 2008

    now have to ever had an original thought. Quitlistening to Rush and face reality.

  • Quagmire Oct 24, 2008

    now you want me to quote a fox poll for you LOL.

  • now Oct 24, 2008

    quagmire, What Sarah Palin wears does not threaten national security. Electing someone with a questionable past with questionable associates and can't get a FBI security clearance unles he is President can threaten national security. Liberals need to get off of the worthless stuff and think about what you are attempting to do just because the guy has a nice smile and can read pre-written speeches well.

  • Quagmire Oct 24, 2008

    McCains highest paid staffer is Palins makeup artist:

    Ms. Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show "So You Think You Can Dance?", was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone, according to the records. The campaign categorized Ms. Strozzi’s payment as "PERSONNEL SVC/EQUIPMENT."

    The payment on Oct. 10 made Ms. Strozzi the single highest-paid individual in the campaign for that two-week period.

  • now Oct 24, 2008

    "freddie he McCain shouldbe up by 15 in the polls, what is going on."

    Worthless liberal media polls that are designed to sway opinions.