Poll: Carson opens up lead in NC

Posted November 5, 2015

— A little over four months before North Carolina's presidential primary, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has opened a double-digit lead over the rest of the Republican field, according to an Elon University Poll released Thursday.

Elon surveyed 1,040 registered voters statewide between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2 for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Carson garnered support from 31 percent of respondents who said they plan to vote in the Republican primary, up 10 points from a poll Elon conducted in September. Meanwhile, businessman and former front-runner Donald Trump dropped from 21 percent in the previous poll to 19 percent.

No other Republican candidate obtained more than 10 percent support in the poll.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton maintains a sizable lead over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 57 percent to 24 percent, according to the poll.

If those two primary results were to pan out, poll respondents picked Carson to carry North Carolina over Clinton next November, 48 to 44 percent.

Meanwhile, in a potential gubernatorial race between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, Cooper now leads 45 percent to 40 percent, according to the poll, although almost 13 percent of respondents are still undecided.

The results marked the first time Cooper topped McCrory in an Elon poll. The governor was 2 points ahead in April and a point ahead in a September survey.


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  • Stacie Hagwood Nov 12, 2015
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    He's a nutcase. A legend in his own mind. Sure wish there WAS someone that I felt like I could get behind, from either party. Just not so this year. It may be the only contest that I leave blank because I can't in good conscience vote for a single person running.

  • John Snow Nov 9, 2015
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    I mean, look at his recent confirmation of his belief that Joseph built the pyramids as grain silos. He believes this because of the bible. Even though the pyramids were built over three hundred years(so it would be impossible for Joseph to build them) and the Egyptians wrote extensively about the purpose of the pyramids was. I'm sure that he also believes that the earth is only 6,000 years old also, disregarding the proof to the contrary.

    How can anyone (who is not also a bible literalist) see him as someone fit to represent this country?

  • John Snow Nov 9, 2015
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    His religious beliefs are cult-like. This country doesn't need, and I believe it doesn't wasn't, a fundamentalist zealot as president.

  • John Weston Nov 9, 2015
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    Love this guy! He is my top pick and has been for some time. I wish him well as he tries to solve the very complex problems this nations faces. He has the intellect and all the right motivations to do so. He's not just another politician in it for themselves. He truly loves this country and what it has to offer us all if we will embrace those opportunities and work hard.

  • Howard Roark Nov 6, 2015
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    I really wanted to like this guy, but several statements he has made have killed it for me. As soon as the crazy remarks started flying, I moved on. It's a shame...