Skip to comments.Bush leads in North Carolina media poll [47-42]
Posted on 06/22/2004 5:02:50 AM PDT by BlackRazor
Bush leads in North Carolina media poll
RALEIGH, N.C. - President Bush would win North Carolina by a slim margin if the presidential election was held today, according to a new statewide poll.
In the poll, 47 percent of likely voters chose Bush, a Republican, while 42 percent selected presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry.
The margin would be smaller if Kerry picks Sen. John Edwards as his running mate, according to the survey, conducted June 13-16 for The News & Observer, WRAL-TV and WUNC radio.
"Kerry doesn't have to win North Carolina to win the presidency. Everybody knows that. Bush knows that," said Del Ali of Research 2000, the Maryland polling firm that conducted the survey. "But by taking Edwards on the ticket, it really does force Bush to spend time in an area that, frankly, he can't afford to spend time in."
Both Republicans and Democrats said Monday that the numbers are unusually close for North Carolina, which hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976.
Bush beat Democrat Al Gore 56 percent to 43 percent in 2000.
Democrats say the unpopularity of the war in Iraq, coupled with the state's continuing economic struggles, has turned North Carolina into a battleground state.
"Against an incumbent president in a state that has gone for Republicans every year since 1980, the fact that John Kerry is within five points even without John Edwards on the ticket tells me it's going to be a competitive race," said Ed Turlington, a Democrat and Edwards associate.
Republicans say Bush's popularity will pick up. They say the economy is improving and the scheduled handoff of power in Iraq on June 30 will improve U.S. opinion of events there.
"All the bad publicity in the last two months has certainly had an effect on his popularity," said Jim Culbertson, state finance chairman of the Bush campaign. "But I think this is probably going to be the absolute low point of the campaign."
Bush's job approval rating in North Carolina has slipped from 63 percent in July 2003 to 52 percent now, according to the poll.
Democrats 292 (48%)
Republicans 212 (35%)
Independents 96 (17%)
This is a clasic ratmedia psyops poll. This AM on C-SPAN that nit wit vaughn ververs gushed about how close this was.
Of course he neglected to mention that it was conducted with a 13 point ( 38 to 25 - sound familiar?) over sample of rats. True many Southerners register rat for practical purposes then vote GOP, but doesn't THAT in and of itself tell an honeswt person something?
Anybody that says NC will vote for lurch is either luing or not too bright.
One more point: Verers also gleefully reported that the rats think inez tenenbaum will win the South Carolina seat.
The woman is a socialist by national standards and a communist by Southern standards - she has more chance of winning a NASCAR race than winning a SC senate seat.
I am sorry but Bush will blow Kerry out of the water here. Bush crushed Gore. Kerry will go down too.
Agreed. Everyone in my neck of the woods is casting their vote for Bush. It is even hard to find someone with a Kerry bumper sticker on their car around here. There are a few die-hards, but Bush/Cheney stickers outnumber the Kerry stickers 5-1.
To coin a popular phrase seen on some "high-rise" vehicles in the South:
Actually, this poll did not oversample Democrats. According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections website, the current registration statistics in NC are 48% Dem, 34% Rep, and 18% Ind. Looks like this poll weighted their sampling to mimic the registration stats.
Perhaps. But let me ask you this - what were the registration stats by party in 2000, when Bush won 56 to 43%? I very much doubt it was 56% registered Republican and 43% registered Democrat. Let's take the actual result of that election, "weigh" it according to the registration stats at the time of that election, and I'll bet you see Bush's "poll" numbers climb well over 60% and Gore below 35%.
I don't think Edwards IS that popular here. Most that I know think of him as a snake. He didn't win his Senate seat by that much of a margin, even though Lauch Faircloth all but conceded the seat to him before the election ever took place.
I also don't think his addition to Kerry's ticket will add much to his chances of winning the Presidency. Dems like Edwards because he is a good-looking, younger candidate who is from the South, where they cannot win in national elections. THAT is why he is seen as a good add, but MY personal opinion is that people, especially those in the South, can see through a snake oil salesman like Edwards. Besides that, people in the South are decidedly pro-military and are still leery of anti-war idiots like Kerry. I just don't see Kerry having much of a chance in the South, with or without Edwards.
wow...can you believe it...a five point lead is defined as a slim lead...haha
Let's take California for example, last year they had record Republican registrations because Arnold was on the ticket, and he had a huge cross-over appeal. So now let's say a pollster calls one of those people who may have never voted before, and asks them for a party affiliation and they say "Well I registered Republican, but I am voting John Kerry this year", that doesn't give you an accurate picture, because in the poll he will be counted in the Republican % leaving one less true Republican to be polled.
What is the accuracy of polls that use these over polling of one group or the other?
I tend to agree with you on that. I've noticed that in at least some southern states, party ID in exit polls does not closely reflect the party ID breakdown shown in the registration statistics. For example, in NC, the registration is 48-34 in favor of the Democrats, but in the 2000 exit polls, it was only 41-38 in favor of the Democrats. In West Virginia, registration is 59-29 in favor of the Democrats, but the exit poll breakdown was only 46-33 in favor of the Democrats.
I have a feeling that in the south, a significant number of registered Democrats might today think of themselves as a Republican and say so if you polled them. Therefore, polls of southern states that attempt to match registration statistics may be undersampling those old-time conservative Democrats who nowadays tend to vote Republican on the federal level.
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