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Poll shows McCrory leading Dalton among unaffiliated voters in governor’s race

WILMINGTON – If the election were held today, Republican Pat McCrory would defeat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton in the race for governor—at least when it comes to unaffiliated voters.

According to a John W. Pope Civitas Institute poll of 400 unaffiliated North Carolinian voters conducted August 20-21, McCrory would receive 46 percent of the vote for governor.

Dalton, a Democrat, would receive 29 percent of the vote. Libertarian Barbara Howe would receive 10 percent of the vote.

Civitas Institute President Francis DeLuca unveiled the poll results Wednesday in Wilmington.

The live-caller poll conducted by National Research Inc. also solicited feedback on candidates’ favorability.

N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue received 52 percent unfavorable and 37 favorable reviews among unaffiliated voters in the poll, which had a 4.9 percent margin of error.

“If you wonder why she did not run, she saw these numbers,” DeLuca said about the first-term governor who is not seeking re-election.

McCrory, the former energy executive who later served as mayor of Charlotte from 1995 to 2009, received 45 percent favorable reviews and 24 percent unfavorable reviews among unaffiliated voters.

Dalton received 23 percent favorable reviews and 20 percent unfavorable reviews.

“Nobody knows who Walter Dalton is. We’re seeing that in consistent polling. He’s still an unknown in people’s minds,” DeLuca said.

For Dalton to appeal to the state’s 1.2 million unaffiliated voters, he has to first increase his name recognition among likely voters, DeLuca said.

The Civitas poll also targeted the presidential election.

Polled voters scored President Barack Obama 49 percent favorable and 45 percent unfavorable.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney scored 48 percent unfavorable and 41 percent favorable among those polled.

But if the election were held today, unaffiliated North Carolina voters were split 45 percent for Obama and 45 percent for Romney.

Though Obama is expected to enjoy a “convention bounce” in polling following this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte—an indication of North Carolina’s significance as a battleground state—Election Day is going to be about voter turnout.

To be successful on November 6, DeLuca said the candidates and parties must “turn their people out.”


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