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Poll: Male voters give Burr commanding lead in Senate race

Posted July 13, 2010

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— If Democrat Elaine Marshall is going to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in November, she's got a lot of work to do, especially with male voters, according to a poll released Tuesday.

SurveyUSA polled 560 likely voters statewide Thursday through Sunday and found that, if the election were held now, Burr would garner 46 percent of the vote to Marshall's 36 percent. Seventeen percent of respondents were undecided.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

While female voters are evenly split between the candidates, Burr holds a 52 to 31 percent advantage among male voters, according to the poll. Burr also leads among all age groups and education levels polled, as well as voters in the Charlotte, Greensboro and eastern North Carolina areas. The Triangle is a dead heat between the candidates.

Burr has a favorable image among 28 percent of the 858 registered voters polled, while 27 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of him. Marshall fared slightly better, with a 25 percent favorable rating but only a 12 percent unfavorable rating.

Respondents also gave President Barack Obama a 36 percent favorable rating, with 45 percent saying they view him unfavorably. Gov. Beverly Perdue scored even worse in the poll, with 23 percent having a favorable opinion and 40 percent unfavorable.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's favorable rating was 22 percent among those polled, while her unfavorable rating was 28 percent.

More than half of those polled said they believe North Carolina is off-track, while 31 percent said they believe the state is headed in the right direction.

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  • bjhbowhunter Jul 14, 2010

    One must not disagree with the libs based on policy because they turn it into a race or gender issue...Same old story!

  • EyesintheSkies Jul 14, 2010

    "Palin didn't gain popularity on her smarts. And there are men admitting on camera that they only like her because of her looks."

    Sort of like the reasoning behind voting for the President, huh?

  • Finz Up Jul 14, 2010

    "And if you think the Repubs are only for the rich and the Dems are only for the poor, get your head out of the sand."

    When it comes to the top of the food chain liberal wealth can buy conservative wealth many times over.

  • Pseudonym Jul 14, 2010

    I think it's hilarious that so many of you bought into the imflammatory headline on this story. Burr is leading because of his policies, nothing else.

    And if you think the Repubs are only for the rich and the Dems are only for the poor, get your head out of the sand.

  • MyNameIsMud Jul 14, 2010

    "Wow. That is an amazingly dimwitted statement. What kind of a sexist even thinks that way in 2010?"

    Palin didn't gain popularity on her smarts. And there are men admitting on camera that they only like her because of her looks.

  • EyesintheSkies Jul 14, 2010

    "It's back to the male standard - men only, oh, unless the woman is young and good looking. As always, older women get no respect from the young to middle age men. I bet if Mrs. Marshall was younger and good looking they would think twice before they disregard her. It would be a whole new race!"

    Wow. That is an amazingly dimwitted statement. What kind of a sexist even thinks that way in 2010?

  • NCPictures Jul 14, 2010

    "I'm glad we have had some progressive leadership for a change. People who keep their heads buried in the sand never learn anything and are a crutch on modern society." ---MyNameIsMud

    And the progressives (read: liberals) are the ones providing the crutches for those that dont contribute to society.

  • justuptonogood Jul 14, 2010

    Elaine Marshall would be nothing more than a rubber stamp for Obama.

  • carolinagirl1976 Jul 14, 2010

    "I AM GLAD TO SEE BURR LEADING. I HAVE CHANGED MY VOTING POLICIES SINCE LAST ELECTION. NO MORE LIBERAL SPENDING, NO MORE OBAMA HEALTH CARE, NO MORE ILLEGALS GET AMMENSTY. NO MORE LOVE FOR THE MUSLIMS AND THE FORIGN POLICIES. I AM SICK OF HEARING OBAMA AND HIS VIEWS. WE NEED MORE POLITICIANS LIKE BURR THAT IS WILLING TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE."

    Amen to that!!!

  • MyNameIsMud Jul 14, 2010

    "Burr has actually done his job and one of the few in my book.....He called out Obama's progressive policies, stood his ground with a NO vote and I will reward him for it."

    I'm glad we have had some progressive leadership for a change. People who keep their heads buried in the sand never learn anything and are a crutch on modern society.

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