Raleigh, N.C. – Despite not announcing he is running for governor, Republican Pat McCrory leads Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue by nine percent among North Carolina voters.
Forty-seven percent of voters said they would vote for McCrory if the election for governor was today and the candidates were McCrory and Perdue. Thirty-eight percent would vote for Perdue and 11 percent said they are undecided.
Unaffiliated voters, the fastest growing voter segment in the state, would vote for McCrory by a 52 percent to 31 percent margin. Charlotte area voters, 62 percent, are most behind McCrory followed by those in Western North Carolina (49 percent) and the Piedmont Triad (49 percent). Perdue looks to have the support of 47 percent of voters in both the Triangle area and the Northeast, along with the state’s Southeastern region (46 percent).
“While McCrory has held on to his hardcore supporters, he appears to be losing some ground among those expressing softer support,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “The most significant drop for him occurred among voters in the Southeast region of the state.”
The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.
Full Text of Question:
“If the election for governor was held today and you had to make a choice, for whom would you vote if the candidates were: Pat McCrory, the Republican or Bev Perdue, the Democrat?”
Total McCrory – 47%
Total Perdue – 38%
Definitely McCrory – 36%
Probably McCrory – 8%
Lean McCrory – 3%
Undecided – 11%
Lean Perdue – 3%
Probably Perdue – 8%
Definitely Perdue – 27%
Refused – 4%
For the full results and crosstabs, click here.
This poll of 600 likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted September 22-25, 2011 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past three general elections (2006, 2008, 2010) or be newly registered to vote since November 2, 2010.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in at least one of the past three general elections or is newly registered since November 2, 2010.