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Poll: Burr leads by wide margin as election nears

Posted October 26, 2010

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— Democrat Elaine Marshall has narrowed the gap with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, but she still trails by a wide margin a week before the election, according to a WRAL News Poll released Tuesday.

SurveyUSA polled 1,000 North Carolina residents Friday through Monday; 857 were registered voters and 590 said they were likely to vote.

If the election were held now, Burr would garner 53 percent of the ballots cast by likely voters to Marshall's 38 percent. Libertarian Mike Beitler would finish with 5 percent of the vote, according to the poll.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

In mid-September, Burr held a 58 to 34 percent lead in a similar poll.

In the latest poll, Burr continues to hold substantial leads among all age groups and income and education levels among voters. The Triangle remains a dead heat between the candidates, while all other metro areas statewide lean heavily toward Burr.

Burr also leads among people who have already voted by 50 to 40 percent, according to the poll.

Forty percent of the 857 registered voters polled said they have a favorable image of Burr, while 30 percent have an unfavorable image and the remainder are neutral. Thirty percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of Marshall, with another 28 percent unfavorable and 28 percent neutral.

Election 2010 logo Prof: Too little time left for Marshall to make up ground

The candidates' approval ratings are far ahead of those given to Congress. Seventy-seven percent of those polled said they disapprove of the job being done on Capitol Hill, while only 15 percent said they approve.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama was given an unfavorable rating by 54 percent of respondents, with 34 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of him and 10 percent were neutral.

Fifty-one percent of respondents view Gov. Beverly Perdue unfavorably, with 21 percent favorable and 23 percent neutral.

The economy continues to be the most pressing issue in the minds of voters, according to the poll. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said it's the most important issue facing the U.S., and health care was a distant second at 8 percent. No other issue got more than 4 percent response.

Two-thirds of those polled said they believe the country is on the wrong track, compared with 26 percent who said the U.S. is headed in the right direction. On the state level, 26 percent of those polled said the North Carolina economy would be stronger a year from now, and 30 percent said it would be weaker. Thirty-eight percent said the state economy would remain about the same as it is now.


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  • justuptonogood Oct 28, 2010

    Cool. Keep Grandma Marshall in Raleigh where she can do less damage than on the national level.

  • Bendal1 Oct 27, 2010

    I'm not voting for ANY Republican this year, even if they're running unopposed. And yes, I'm a registered Republican and have been so since 1980. Their hate filled, lying ads, backing of candidates with criminal histories and outright stupid policy ideas, not to mention their fear mongering and obstructionist tactics, have alienated me from that party, perhaps forever. The Democrats have their problems as well, but given a choice between the two I'll never choose the GOP.

  • Plenty Coups Oct 27, 2010

    johnnyplusthree-please provide a link to the CBO website that breaks this down.

  • Jim Britt Oct 27, 2010

    Republicans believe in fiscal responsibility? When did this happen? It seems like only 2001 when the Republicans took a 250 billion dollar surplus and turned into a 150 billion dollar deficit. Then they threw a brilliant 50 billion dollar war, for a trillion dollars, off the books. Fiscally responsible? Some people will believe anything.

  • Plenty Coups Oct 27, 2010

    cwood-"Because they believe in fiscal responsiblity while the dems DON'T."

    Sure they do. The debt doubled during the previous administration. Cut taxes, increase spending.

  • pbjbeach Oct 27, 2010

    Questiion why have the repub's not trotted out the great an all wonderful GEORGE " W" on to the campaigne trail to campaign with them in this off year election if he is so well like an loved by the republican in this country so much ? I am guesssing that they are wainting on the 2012 election cycle so that they can trot out good old brother Jeb so that he can finish off messing up the entire country or lees what is left of this country that goerge jr "W" AN PAP have already messed up for the working class of americans citizen in this country Jeb would just continue to follow in the foot steps of good old brother "W" I am like someone else said it is time to stay out of the BUSHES FOREVER. MAYBE THEY WILL TROTT OUT GOOD OLD BROTHER NEAL HE IS THE ONE THAT WAS RESPONSBLY FOR THE PAST SAVINGS AN LOAN DEBUCLE WITH SILVEROADO SAVING AN LOAN thank you

  • mrman2a Oct 27, 2010

    The Dems have controlled NC for over 100 yrs.Time for a change.

  • gunny462 Oct 27, 2010

    Why don't you ask Richard Burr why he blocks the aid for small business bill?

    Because it's a lie and doesn't do ANYTHING for real small business'

    "Republicans set a new record of 112 cloture (filibuster) votes in 2007-2008. Through other obstruction devices, they have prevented 372 bills passed by the House from even being debated in the Senate. Why is this?"

    Because they believe in fiscal responsiblity while the dems DON'T. And please bring Bushinto this because I'd like to slam Obama's and dauschel's voting record into the fray

  • cwood3 Oct 27, 2010

    If the crowd we vote in does not do the job-we'll find others.

    Shame we can't help send Pelowsi and Reid packing. Oh-Boxer as well!! Oh-it looks like that crazy Congressman Grayson from Florida-the wacho one with the add that took his competitor totally out of context-may well loose. That's a plus for America.

    Burr is a good man. He can hold his own for us. Elaine Marshall would get eaten alive in DC-kinda like Kay Hagan. Dems were glad to get Hagan out of Raleigh. Shame "they" sent her to DC(I did not!!)!!

  • oleguy Oct 27, 2010

    Burr has really done nothing for me.

    He is in fact part of the problem,
    But alas I can not vote for a dem.

    Burr take note..