Local Politics

How would you answer the presidential poll?

Posted October 27, 2008
Updated October 28, 2008

Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc., of Washington, D.C., surveyed 800 registered North Carolina voters by telephone from Oct. 22 through Oct. 24, 2008. 

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled.

How would you have answered the pollster's questions? Here is your chance. The same questions about the presidential election are posed below. Click on each one to register your answer, then compare the totally unscientific results* of this online poll to the scientific ones gathered by Mason-Dixon.

Are you registered to vote?

Are you planning to vote in the general election?

What party are you registered in?

What are your thoughts on each of the candidates at the top of the ticket?

Barack ObamaJohn McCain
Joe BidenSarah Palin

If the election were today, how would you vote?

What is the most important national issue?

Which of the two major-party presidential candidates do you trust more to handle the following:


National security

Health care

Managing government spending and cutting taxes

Developing energy resources and reducing dependence on foreign oil

War in Iraq


*Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that WRAL.com online polls are for entertainment and are not conducted in a scientific fashion.

We make no guarantees about the accuracy of the results other than that they reflect the choices of the users who participated.


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