Local Politics

WRAL News Poll: N.C. voters have yet to form opinion on U.S. Senate candidates

Posted March 30, 2010 6:00 p.m. EDT
Updated March 30, 2010 8:38 p.m. EDT

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— A month before the primaries, North Carolina voters have yet to form an opinion on the candidates for U.S. Senate, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for WRAL News.

Between March 26 and 28, surveyors asked 535 registered voters in North Carolina about the candidates for the Senate and found that only incumbent Republican Richard Burr was well-known enough that a clear majority of voters have an opinion about him.

Burr was viewed favorably by 32 percent of registered voters surveyed. Twenty-four percent had an unfavorable opinion of Burr. About 17 percent were neutral and 28 percent said they had no opinion.

The margin of error for the question was plus or minus 3.8 percent.

Percentage of neutral and no opinion responses for each candidate:

CandidateNeutralNo opinion
Larry Linney (R)2268
Brad Jones (R)2065
Eddie Burk (R)2164
Richard Burr (R)1728
Marcus Williams (D)1961
Ann Worthy (D)2062
Elaine Marshall (D)2049
Ken Lewis (D)2256
Susan Harris (D)2360
Cal Cunningham (D)2658
Michael Beitler (L)2065

Survey USA asked 600 people – voters and those not registered – to identify the most important issue facing the country. By a wide margin, those surveyed named the economy.  The next important issue for voters was health care.

About 41 percent felt that Congress has gone too far with recently passed health care reform legislation. Twenty-two percent said they would like the health care system left alone and 20 percent said they supported the changes that are being made.

The margin of error on the issue questions varied between plus or minus 3.8 percent and plus or minus 4 percent.

WRAL News Poll: U.S. Senate full report and crosstabs