Sept. 7, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Francis De Luca or Jim Tynen (919) 834-2099
Francis.DeLuca@NCCivitas.org or James.Tynen@NCCivitas.org
RALEIGH — In the wake of the Republican National Convention, a Civitas Institute Flash Poll found that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has higher favorability ratings than Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.
The Flash Poll of 500 registered North Carolina voters was taken Sept. 4-6 and had a margin of error of plus-minus 4.5 percent. Forty-eight percent of the voters had a favorable opinion of Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin; 38 percent had an unfavorable opinion. The survey showed that 51 percent of those polled had an unfavorable opinion of Biden, while 35 percent had a favorable one.
Overall, voter intensity was strong, with 97 percent of voters saying they are certain they will vote this fall and another 2 percent saying it is likely they will vote. This indicates that neither side should have a problem turning out their supporters on Election Day.
In statewide races, Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory continued as the front-runner. Fifty-five percent of voters said they would vote for him, while 39 percent preferred his main opponent, Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. Libertarian Barbara Howe was the choice of 4 percent.
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More information on NC voter sentiment will be available at Civitas Poll Lunches later in September.
About the Poll: This poll was conducted by telephone in the voice of a professional announcer. Respondent households were selected at random, using Random Digit Dialed (RDD) sample provided by Survey Sampling, of Fairfield CT. All respondents heard the questions asked identically. Where necessary, respondents were weighted using the most recent US Census estimates for age, gender, ethnic origin and region, to align the sample to the population. Research methodology, questionnaire design and fieldwork for this survey were completed by SurveyUSA of Clifton, NJ. This statement conforms to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
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