Raleigh, N.C. – Democratic State Senator Walter Dalton maintains a six point lead over Republican challenger State Senator Robert Pittenger in the race for North Carolina’s next Lieutenant Governor according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the live telephone survey of 600 likely General Election voters, Dalton leads Pittenger 37-31 among those who initially expressed a preference for a candidate. When undecided voters are asked which candidate they are leaning towards, Dalton leads Pittenger 40-34. Libertarian candidate Phillip Rhodes receives 3 percent of the vote. 23 percent of voters remain undecided.
“With the advertising for this race just beginning and both candidates building their statewide name identification, this race is still wide open,” said Francis De Luca, Executive Director of the Civitas Institute. “Almost a fourth of the electorate still has not picked a candidate. The next four weeks will be a battle over those voters.”
Previous Civitas polling results:
September: Dalton 36, Pittenger 30, Rhodes 4
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly, live interviewer, poll on issues and politics conducted in North Carolina.
The study of 600 registered voters was conducted October 6-8 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.
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