Governor’s Race Wide Open
Raleigh, NC – The race for Governor in North Carolina begins as a wide open affair with Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue (D) and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R) in a virtual tie according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
Of the 800 likely general election voters surveyed, 43 percent support Perdue while 42 percent support McCrory. 15 percent of voters were undecided at this point.
“The race for Governor is a toss-up at this point. Both candidates begin the general election on equal footing. It will be a race to see who is the first gain to break away or gain some sort of a leg up,” stated Francis DeLuca, Executive Director of the Civitas Institute.
McCrory’s is able to make the race competitive through his large lead in the Charlotte region where he leads Perdue 59-31. However, Perdue holds a similar commanding leads in the Triangle area (919 area code) 52-33 and in the Northeast (252 area code) 53-33.
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The study of 800 registered voters was conducted May 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 800 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-3.7% 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.