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Election 2008: North Carolina Governor
GOP's McCrory Still Up by Four in North Carolina

Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is still ahead of Lt. Governor Bev Perdue by four points, 51% to 47%, in North Carolina's closely-contested gubernatorial race, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state.

This is the second straight poll in which the Republican has led his Democratic opponent by four percentage points, after trailing by six in mid-August.

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The race among unaffiliated voters has grown tighter over the past month. McCrory now leads 51% to 45% among this group, compared to last month when he led 61% to 33%. The Republican has a solid 59% to 39% lead among men, while women favor Perdue by a 53% to 45% margin.

McCrory is viewed favorably by 60% and unfavorably 34%. Perdue’s ratings are 51% favorable, 46% unfavorable. These ratings have changed little over the past month.

Perdue is currently serving her second term as lieutenant governor. McCrory has been Charlotte’s mayor since 1995.

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John McCain now leads Barack Obama by two points, 50% to 48%, in the Tar Heel State.

Mike Easley, the state's Democratic governor, earns good or excellent ratings from 37% of voters in North Carolina. That’s up two points since September. A quarter (25%) say he is doing a poor job.

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North Carolina Governor Leans GOP

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Average

RR Mkts

In Trade

2004 Results

McCrory

51%

48%

43%

Perdue

47%

47%

56%

This telephone survey of 700 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on October 23, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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North Carolina Trends: McCrory vs. Perdue

Date

McCrory

Perdue

10/23/2008

51%

47%

9/30/2008

50%

46%

8/13/2008

43%

49%

6/10/2008

46%

47%

5/08/2008

45%

39%

3/20/2008

42%

45%

1/29/2008

38%

42%


Favorable Ratings for Gubernatorial Candidates in North Carolina

 

McCrory

Perdue

Very Favorable

25%

23%

Somewhat Favorable

35%

28%

Somewhat Unfavorable

23%

24%

Very Unfavorable

11%

22%

Not Sure

7%

4%


About Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.

The Rasmussen Reports ElectionEdge™ Premium Service for Election 2008 offers the most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a Presidential election.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.