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Poll: Election season has been more negative

Posted November 3, 2008

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— North Carolina residents say this election has seen more mudslinging and negative campaigning than have years past, according to the latest Elon University Poll, which was released late Monday.

Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed said this election was more negative, and 90 percent of respondents reported having seen negative advertisements. Of those residents who viewed the ads, 64 percent said they were “not at all effective” in influencing the candidate for which they will vote.

“Thrust into the national spotlight with very competitive elections, the state has seen its airwaves flooded with campaign advertisements,” said Hunter Bacot, director of the poll. “But North Carolinians don’t believe everything they see and hear.”

Sixty-nine percent of residents said they felt the overall tone has been negative for political ads in the state.

Twenty-five percent of residents described the McCain-Palin campaign as being “too negative or nasty,” compared with 8 percent who said that about the Obama-Biden ticket.

Most residents – 79 percent – feel they received enough information to make an informed choice at the polls this year. More than 50 percent said they gained most of their election information from local television news, followed by 38 percent from local newspapers and 37 percent from the Internet.

The poll surveyed 797 residents from Oct. 27-30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 4, 2008

    A change is going to come............

  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 4, 2008

    I hope people don't feel they are "informed" by watching or listening to 30-second ads.

    Don't matter. My vote will be for Obama/Biden. PERIOD!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 4, 2008

    If you work against our new president (Obama) than his work will just that harder. Give him a chance.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 4, 2008

    Change? Change what? How? He hasn't stated anything with substance about what he is going to do in regards to change.

    In a just a short while, honey you will be amazed the change that will happen. Be patient. Give Obama time to get behind the desk.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 4, 2008

    Dr.Dataclerk/ If you have a job, you'll regret your vote when your taxes go up.
    ccs1920

    I do have a job. But right now I am not worried, I just leave it in the hands of the Lord. You should do the same. But I am still voting on Obama because look at the mess George Bush, Jr. created. The economy is in a dire situation because of Bush. Obama will be the better president, probably in a very long time since Kennedy. Oh, the Kennedy family are all backing Obama. That should tell you something. Toodles and I will see you at the polls. Go for your choice and be happy with it tomorow. I will do the same. :)

  • Harvey Nov 4, 2008

    >>>In the internet age, there are plenty of sources that you can dig up to learn more about the candidates.

    Yes, because everything running through the Interweb tubes iz teh true.

    I don't think so.

  • wralgolo Nov 4, 2008

    I hope people don't feel they are "informed" by watching or listening to 30-second ads. In the internet age, there are plenty of sources that you can dig up to learn more about the candidates.

  • ccs1920 Nov 4, 2008

    Dr.Dataclerk/ If you have a job, you'll regret your vote when your taxes go up.

  • DrJ Nov 4, 2008

    I don't mind "negative" campaigning. I view it as absolutely necessary. If your opponent has a truly bad position, he's certainly not going to tell the voters! What I think ought to be against campaigning rules/regulations/laws is deceptive or distortive ads.

    Kay Hagan accused Elizabeth Dole of voting to put Social Security at risk. The truth is Dole voted to allow those of us having Social Security taken out of our paychecks to invest a small amount of those Social Security funds in the stock market. Investing it in the market would be TOTALLY VOLUNTARY.

    That's a deceptive ad. The change in law would have put no one's money at risk. Period. That's the kind of thing that needs to be outlawed in this day and time when so many people are voting based on nothing more than these 30 second fabrications.

  • Southern Cal Nov 4, 2008

    Change? Change what? How? He hasn't stated anything with substance about what he is going to do in regards to change.

    Give me a break. Another misinformed follower!

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