Thursday, March 03, 2011

New poll shows McCrory leading Perdue in a rematch of '08

  A new poll taken for the N.C. Center for Voter Education and the national non-partisan advocacy group Justice at Stake shows former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory leading Gov. Bev Perdue by a 51-38 percent margin  in a rematch of their 2008 campaign.  The poll also shows President Barack Obama leading former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by 47-45, but Obama trails former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 49-43 in a head-to-head match.

The poll was taken for the groups by the firm 20/20 Insight Polling and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

The groups are especially interested in judicial elections, and the poll found that half the voters polled would be disinclined to support a legislative candidate who wanted to do away with North Carolina's system of publicly funded campaigns for appellate judicial races. The program has proved popular with candidates from both parties because it frees judges from the potential conflict of interests inherent in having to ask lawyers who may appear in their courtrooms for political contributions to finance their campaigns.

The finding in the potential governor's race mirror what other polls have shown -- that Perdue is in some trouble -- but the more interesting poll results will come later this year, after the 2011 General Assembly has done its work and when voters can assess what kind of job the new Republican majority in the House and Senate have done. While Perdue only proposes a state budget, legislators have to adopt it, and voters' opinions will be shaped not only by legislation that passes this year but also by what services legislators cut in order to balance the budget and cover a shortfall.

Here's a link to the website. Here's the text of what the two groups said about the poll results:

RALEIGH – More than six in 10 North Carolina voters say the country is on the wrong track, according to a poll exploring attitudes on money, courts and politics, commissioned by the Justice at Stake Campaign and the N.C. Center for Voter Education.

That feeling is especially prominent among Republicans and independents, with 88 percent and 62 percent, respectively, saying the country is moving in the wrong direction. Just 35 percent of Democratic voters believe the country is on the wrong track.

Voters are evenly split on their feelings about the outcome of the 2010 legislative and congressional elections, with 46 percent satisfied with the results and 46 percent dissatisfied.

Not surprisingly, party affiliation greatly influences voter attitudes about last year’s election outcomes, with 82 percent of Democrats not satisfied and 83 percent of Republicans satisfied with November’s results. Among independent voters, 44 percent are satisfied and 42 percent are dissatisfied.

Looking ahead to potential 2012 match ups, the poll finds that voters favor Democratic President Barack Obama over Republican Sarah Palin, 47-45 percent. Republican Mitt Romney fares better, leading Obama 49-43 percent.

In a hypothetical gubernatorial rematch from 2008, Republican Pat McCrory leads Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue 51-38 percent. Among the key demographic of independent voters, McCrory leads 47-30 percent.

Likely Republican presidential primary voters are yet to throw their support behind a clear favorite, with 19 percent supporting Palin, 15 percent supporting Mike Huckabee and 13 percent supporting Romney. Twenty-eight percent say they are unsure of which candidate will get their vote.

These questions were part of a poll examining voter attitudes about the influence of political money on North Carolina’s courts. Released last week, those results found that 94 percent of state voters believe campaign contributions have some sway on a judge’s decision, including 43 percent who say campaign donations can greatly affect a ruling.

The poll also shows that when it comes to North Carolina’s first-in-the-nation system of public financing for judicial elections, 49 percent of voters say they would be less likely to support a legislative candidate who wants to eliminate the program. Only 20 percent of voters say they would be more likely to favor a candidate who sought to end the program.

Conducted Feb. 8-10 by 20/20 Insight Polling, the statewide poll of 600 registered North Carolina voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.  Questions asked of 229 likely 2012 Republican primary voters have a margin of error of plus or minus 6.5 percent.


Anonymous said...

Heck, even I'd vote for McCrory just to get Perdue out!

Anonymous said...

38% of people would vote for Perdue again? Do people have their heads in a hole?

Sam from Southport said...

I can't wait for election season to start in earnest. When else do you get to hear otherwise intelligent people utter the word, "Gubernatorial"?

Anonymous said...

Obama over Palin 47 to 45 percent? Where do they get these people in the poll? Are North Carolina voters really that stupid? Apparently so.

Stephen Parrish said...

McCrory's Blvd of Crap has forced out productive small manufacturing and industry for what?

The man is a picker of winners and losers like the rest of today's politicians. I'd vote for a bag of warm spit over Perdue, so he'd get my vote but not enthusiastically.

Anonymous said...

Seated Gov's and Prez's could easily have negative approval rating at this point in their terms, but is rare that they actually 'trail' a specific opponent in mock polls. Both Perdue and Obama are indeed in serious well they should be.

kantstanzya said...

The thing that jumps out at me in this editorial are the same old nutty Observer comments about doing away with judicial elections.

The people know this is a ploy to have the liberal bar associations pick all their judges for them. That is why they "are disinclined" to support candidates who support this as the article points out.

Liberals like George Soros who is supporting this initiative with millions of dollars in his Justice at Stake campaign claim that this would free judges up from conflict of interest bceause some lawyers make campaign contributions. But is there no conflict of interest from the trial bar which would actually recommend or chose the judges? What thye really want is to further radicalize the judiciary because the know the voters do not support their liberal agendas.

Contrary to what the Observer would have us believe the rest of the country is moving AWAY from this method (Missouri Plan)of selecting judges and more towards elections as we already have in NC. This has just happened in Kansas and is being supported in Tennessee and Missouri.

Last fall voters in Iowa recalled all three State Supreme Court justices who were appointed and then turned out to be much more liberal than voters wanted.