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Gubernatorial race remains within margin of error
Raleigh, N.C. – Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory and Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue continue to keep North Carolina Governor’s race extremely close according to the latest DecisionMaker poll conducted by the Civitas Institute.
Among the 600 likely voters surveyed, Perdue leads McCrory 43-41. Libertarian Party candidate Michael Munger received three percent support. Thirteen percent of voters were undecided.
“It was thought all along that once the first round of television ads hit the airwaves we might see some movement in this race, however, it remains neck-and-neck,” said Francis De Luca, Executive Director of the Civitas Institute. “Despite the initial round of ads critical of McCrory, he has held his support steady and, in fact, closed the gap on Perdue by one point.”
McCrory continues to lead in the Charlotte area 53-29. This total reflects a 24 point McCrory advantage down from the 43 point lead he held in July’s poll. On the other hand, McCrory now leads in the Piedmont-Triad region of the state 45-42 and the Southeast 43-40. In July, Civitas showed Perdue with a 12 point advantage in the Piedmont-Triad region and a 20 point lead in the Southeast.
Purdue continues to receive solid support in the Triangle 59-27 and the Northeast regions of the state 52-29.
The study of 600 registered voters was conducted August 14-17 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Virginia. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters we interviewed had to have voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general election or were newly registered voters since 2006. The voters were interviewed using live callers.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95% of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4.2% of the “True Values.” “True Values” refer to the results obtained if were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2006.
If you would like more information regarding this topic, or to schedule an interview with Francis De Luca, please call Gabe Dellinger at 919.747.8065 or email at Gabe.Dellinger@nccivitas.org