Dalton leads Etheridge in new PPP poll

Posted April 24, 2012

Public Policy Polling, a firm allied with Democrats, came out with new data on the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Its headline finding: Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton now has a slight lead over former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge.* Click here for the full data set.

Even if you don't buy the exact numbers(26 percent Dalton, 25 percent Etheridge) the fact Dalton has picked up ground against Etheridge since PPP's poll a month ago is significant. What isn't clear, to me anyway, is whether that move is due to debate performances, television ad runs starting or some other factor.

Also significant: 35 percent of primary voters are undecided. That's a lot of votes up for grabs with early voting under way.

In any case, state Rep. Bill Faison can't be happy with these results. He has picked up only one percentage point over the late March poll, bringing him up to 5 percent of respondents saying they'll vote for him. That's only one percentage point better to the unknown and under-financed campaigns of Bruce Blackmon and Gary Dunn.

With Faison lagging so far behind, the political conversation may soon turn to whether Dalton or Etheridge will get over the 40 percent mark needed to avoid a summer runoff.

Other notes from the poll:

  • PPP polled on David Parker and whether he should resign as chairman of the party. Despite 44 percent of respondents saying they "didn't know" whether they approved of the job he was doing, 45 percent said he should resign. An interesting tidbit from the cross tab: if a voter described himself as more conservative he was less likely to say Parker should quit.
  • PPP asked about the primaries for lieutenant governor, treasurer and labor commissioner. In all three races, over 50 percent of voters said they were undecided.

* Update: An astute reader points out that the margin of error for the poll is 4.4 percent. Therefore, Dalton doesn't have a statistical lead on Etheridge. But as far as this poll goes, Dalton is winning. 


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  • driverkid3 May 1, 2012

    Code Blue:::Dalton appears to be an imbecile, obsessed with repeating his own name.

    Thank you for clearing that up for me. Got to get my ears checked, I thought he was saying "walk the dog" over and over. I was looking for a dog in the darn commercial!

  • heisenberg Apr 26, 2012

    The Three Stooges. Should be a cake walk for McCrory.

  • driverkid3 Apr 25, 2012

    That commercial of his sounds like someone saying "Walk the Dog". Come to think of it, I like walk the dog better that walter dalton anyhow.

  • SENCLand Son Apr 25, 2012

    southern girl-"McCrory is my pick for the next Governor. If he had won last time, I don't believe our state would be in such a mess. Hopefully, he will win this time around."

    Yes, the worldwide recession that hit every state and most countries would probably have magically bypassed us.
    Plenty Coups
    April 24, 2012 3:07 p.m.
    Perhaps you missed that little recession in 2001-you know the one where every state in the union was cutting back? Except for Mike Easley in NC- he spent more, and robbed the tobacco settlement, the highway trust fund the state employee's pension fund. Bev just continued what he started, and now we need toll roads because our roads are in such bad shape?? Oh yeah- NICE legacy...

  • Rico Apr 25, 2012

    McCroy is going to win!!! Face it...A new era in our state is about to begin..

  • ghhelms78 Apr 25, 2012

    We don't need another political office filled by Mr. Etheridge. He has shown he is out of touch with the desires of the people of NC. He failed the people by supporting Obama's socialistic policies, voted in favor of Obamacare, in favor of the Big Business bailouts, and I suspect he would continue to be too liberal as a governor. He needs to be put out to pasture and fade off into the sunset. I,I,I,I is all I hear from him and he comes off as a very prideful politician.

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  • Moose is loose Apr 24, 2012

    Time for Etheridge, aka Who Are You, to get off the public teat. He is Mr. Entitlement, believing that the people of NC can't do without his importance, but the people, We The People have already given you your retirement slip Bill.. Go sit down.

  • sunshine1040 Apr 24, 2012

    Well at least Dalton,s campaign better be paying for a group of childrens college education since he is using them for for paid political announcements. You should not be allowed to use children old enough to talk in political paid ads

  • boneymaroney13 Apr 24, 2012

    Which one of these clowns did their guy root for while he was here today? NONE you say! Wonder why? They either didn't want his help or he didn;t want to ge near them.