Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #17049
 
NC US Senate: Incumbent Burr Further Solidifies GOP Advantage in Race Against Democrat Marshall: In an election for US Senator from North Carolina today, 09/14/10, 1 month before one stop early voting begins, incumbent Republican Richard Burr defeats Democrat Elaine Marshall 58% to 34%, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for WRAL-TV in Raleigh.

Compared to a SurveyUSA poll released 2 months ago, Burr is up 12 points; Marshall is down 2. Burr now is above 60% among men, middle aged voters, and whites, as well as in greater Charlotte and western NC. 5% of Republicans cross over to vote for Marshall, unchanged from previous polls; 27% of Democrats cross over to vote for Burr, twice as many as did two months ago. Marshall, currently Secretary of State, is today above 50% only among Democrats, liberals, African Americans, those with unfavorable opinions of the tea party, pro-choice voters, and those who do not own guns, all of which are minorities in the 2010 NC electorate.

 
Filtering: SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 North Carolina adults 09/10/10 through 09/13/10. Of them, 862 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 582 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the 11/02/10 general election, 7 weeks from today. One stop early voting begins in 1 month, on 10/14/10.
 
[Candidate names rotated]
If the election for United States Senator from North Carolina were today, who would you vote for? Republican Richard Burr? Democrat Elaine Marshall? Or Libertarian Mike Beitler?
582 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of Tea PartyCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralNo OpiniYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Burr (R)58%63%51%54%63%55%59%59%56%63%26%****92%27%51%82%42%15%86%18%57%**58%57%77%38%68%39%50%59%61%69%58%46%56%
Marshall (D)34%26%42%36%28%38%33%32%36%27%70%****5%65%29%11%50%73%4%77%32%**35%31%18%51%22%56%37%35%31%25%31%46%31%
Beitler (L)6%8%3%10%6%5%2%8%4%7%1%****2%5%16%5%5%11%9%1%7%**5%7%4%8%9%2%9%5%6%3%8%6%11%
Undecided2%2%3%0%3%2%6%2%3%2%4%****1%3%4%2%3%1%1%3%4%**1%4%1%3%2%3%4%1%2%2%3%2%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%53%47%22%31%28%19%53%47%76%18%5%2%39%40%20%47%36%11%46%33%17%4%58%42%50%45%60%36%29%38%33%34%18%32%16%
 
 
2Is your opinion of President Barack Obama ... Favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or, do you have no opinion?
862 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of Tea PartyCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralNo OpiniYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Favorable35%32%39%45%30%35%33%36%34%24%81%****8%63%32%14%48%67%6%72%33%38%38%27%18%49%23%54%39%31%32%27%34%47%32%
Unfavorable52%58%47%44%56%54%55%51%54%62%12%****83%25%52%79%34%20%89%17%42%44%55%63%75%41%69%37%52%60%62%59%57%42%54%
Neutral11%9%13%9%13%10%11%11%10%12%4%****7%11%17%6%16%13%5%11%22%15%6%10%6%10%8%9%9%9%6%13%7%10%14%
No Opinion1%1%1%2%1%1%2%1%1%1%2%****2%1%0%1%2%0%1%0%3%3%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%1%3%1%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%25%32%25%18%57%43%73%20%4%3%36%41%22%42%37%13%40%32%22%7%58%42%50%45%60%36%29%38%33%34%19%31%17%
 
 
3Is your opinion of Governor Bev Perdue ...
862 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of Tea PartyCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralNo OpiniYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Favorable21%19%23%18%17%23%28%17%25%18%34%****6%36%15%10%30%33%6%41%17%15%25%19%13%32%17%33%25%22%20%19%19%26%17%
Unfavorable49%60%40%51%57%48%35%54%43%53%29%****68%32%52%63%39%32%71%34%37%41%51%54%61%44%63%34%46%57%53%55%52%43%47%
Neutral25%18%32%25%22%25%31%23%28%25%28%****23%26%26%23%27%28%22%21%39%21%22%25%23%23%19%29%25%19%25%21%25%28%28%
No Opinion5%3%6%6%5%4%5%5%5%3%8%****4%5%6%4%4%8%2%4%7%23%2%2%3%1%1%4%4%1%2%5%4%4%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%25%32%25%18%57%43%73%20%4%3%36%41%22%42%37%13%40%32%22%7%58%42%50%45%60%36%29%38%33%34%19%31%17%
 
 
4Is your opinion of United States Senator Richard Burr ...
862 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of Tea PartyCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralNo OpiniYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Favorable36%41%31%25%39%35%48%33%40%40%16%****63%18%26%55%24%15%60%12%33%28%48%40%61%27%50%31%37%48%44%44%43%28%28%
Unfavorable26%28%24%30%21%29%24%25%27%25%32%****13%35%31%14%34%41%12%56%12%8%24%27%13%41%21%37%27%28%24%23%26%30%23%
Neutral30%26%33%32%32%30%21%32%26%29%34%****19%34%36%25%31%34%27%22%45%27%23%28%23%28%27%24%29%19%31%27%26%31%38%
No Opinion9%6%11%13%8%6%7%10%7%6%17%****5%13%7%5%11%10%1%10%10%37%5%4%3%4%2%8%7%5%2%6%6%11%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%25%32%25%18%57%43%73%20%4%3%36%41%22%42%37%13%40%32%22%7%58%42%50%45%60%36%29%38%33%34%19%31%17%
 
 
5Is your opinion of North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall ...
862 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of Tea PartyCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralNo OpiniYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Favorable27%24%30%28%22%31%29%24%30%24%45%****14%43%21%15%38%40%10%50%23%31%29%27%16%40%21%43%33%27%26%23%25%32%27%
Unfavorable25%36%14%23%30%22%21%27%22%26%13%****41%11%25%38%15%13%46%11%13%8%35%24%42%18%37%17%25%35%28%32%26%22%14%
Neutral36%32%40%33%35%36%41%34%38%38%31%****32%36%43%35%34%37%35%31%51%20%29%40%33%36%35%31%34%29%39%33%36%35%42%
No Opinion12%8%16%16%13%10%9%14%10%13%11%****14%11%11%12%13%10%10%9%13%41%8%9%9%6%7%9%7%8%7%12%13%10%16%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%25%32%25%18%57%43%73%20%4%3%36%41%22%42%37%13%40%32%22%7%58%42%50%45%60%36%29%38%33%34%19%31%17%
 
 
6Is your opinion of Mike Beitler ...
862 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of Tea PartyCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralNo OpiniYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Favorable8%10%6%8%9%7%7%8%7%7%11%****7%8%10%6%10%11%6%10%8%5%9%7%9%8%7%10%8%10%7%7%7%7%11%
Unfavorable13%17%9%19%9%12%12%13%12%14%10%****17%11%11%12%14%10%16%15%5%12%15%13%13%15%19%7%13%15%15%14%16%11%11%
Neutral49%46%52%35%53%53%56%45%55%49%46%****48%50%49%54%47%43%50%44%62%22%46%55%51%51%51%51%50%52%48%52%47%48%49%
No Opinion30%26%34%38%29%28%24%33%26%30%33%****28%31%30%28%29%36%27%31%24%62%29%25%27%26%24%32%30%23%31%27%30%34%29%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%25%32%25%18%57%43%73%20%4%3%36%41%22%42%37%13%40%32%22%7%58%42%50%45%60%36%29%38%33%34%19%31%17%
 
 
7Which one of the following issues is the most important one facing the United States? The economy? The environment? The war on terror? Health care? Immigration? Education? Or some other issue?
862 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of Tea PartyCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralNo OpiniYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Economy73%77%69%66%76%77%73%71%75%73%72%****78%70%73%72%76%71%74%73%75%72%81%71%78%75%75%81%66%76%86%71%77%74%70%
Environment3%3%2%6%1%2%2%3%2%3%1%****1%4%3%1%4%3%0%7%2%0%3%3%0%5%4%1%6%3%1%1%5%4%1%
War On Terror5%4%6%8%2%5%7%5%6%4%10%****3%6%5%6%5%3%5%4%5%9%4%4%5%3%5%3%3%5%3%5%4%5%8%
Health Care6%5%7%2%7%6%10%5%7%5%8%****5%7%5%5%6%5%3%5%11%6%4%6%5%5%5%4%7%5%3%7%2%6%8%
Immigration6%5%6%4%6%7%5%5%6%7%1%****6%3%9%7%6%3%10%2%4%1%3%11%6%7%7%5%10%5%4%7%6%3%6%
Education3%3%3%6%3%2%1%4%2%3%3%****3%5%1%2%3%8%2%4%2%10%4%1%1%4%3%2%4%2%2%2%2%5%4%
Other3%3%4%6%4%1%1%5%1%3%5%****3%3%4%6%0%4%5%4%0%1%2%2%2%1%1%1%2%1%2%6%3%2%1%
Not Sure1%1%2%2%1%1%1%2%1%1%1%****1%1%1%1%1%2%1%2%1%2%1%2%3%0%1%3%2%2%0%1%1%1%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%25%32%25%18%57%43%73%20%4%3%36%41%22%42%37%13%40%32%22%7%58%42%50%45%60%36%29%38%33%34%19%31%17%
 
 
8In general, are things in the United States headed in the right direction? Or are they off on the wrong track?
862 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of Tea PartyCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralNo OpiniYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Right Direction28%24%31%31%27%26%26%29%26%20%61%****8%48%26%9%40%51%4%58%27%26%33%23%15%43%21%44%30%31%28%24%22%35%27%
Wrong Track63%69%58%61%66%63%62%64%63%73%24%****88%38%69%85%49%37%94%33%57%53%61%70%79%49%75%44%60%65%67%69%68%53%66%
Not Sure9%7%10%8%7%10%12%7%11%8%14%****4%14%5%6%11%12%2%9%16%21%6%7%5%8%3%12%10%4%5%6%11%12%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%25%32%25%18%57%43%73%20%4%3%36%41%22%42%37%13%40%32%22%7%58%42%50%45%60%36%29%38%33%34%19%31%17%
 
 
9Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of the job the United States Congress is doing?
862 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of Tea PartyCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralNo OpiniYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Approve15%15%15%21%13%16%11%16%14%11%35%****6%23%15%7%23%25%3%29%17%15%14%16%12%18%12%22%15%17%14%14%9%19%18%
Disapprove74%80%68%68%76%75%77%72%76%80%47%****88%60%76%87%63%66%95%56%68%60%77%77%83%74%82%66%75%75%79%77%79%69%70%
Not Sure11%5%16%12%11%9%12%11%10%9%18%****5%16%9%5%14%10%2%15%15%25%9%7%5%9%6%12%10%7%7%9%12%12%11%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%25%32%25%18%57%43%73%20%4%3%36%41%22%42%37%13%40%32%22%7%58%42%50%45%60%36%29%38%33%34%19%31%17%
 
 
10One year from now, will North Carolina's economy be ... stronger than it is today? Weaker than it is today? Or about the same as it is today?
862 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOpinion Of Tea PartyCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralNo OpiniYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Stronger28%31%25%30%30%27%23%30%26%20%48%****18%41%21%17%37%47%16%48%21%28%41%20%25%39%27%44%33%35%30%30%21%34%22%
Weaker30%34%26%28%33%29%28%31%29%34%17%****42%15%41%41%20%19%51%12%23%17%27%35%38%23%34%24%32%26%33%32%33%22%36%
Same36%32%40%35%33%38%42%34%40%39%31%****35%39%34%34%39%33%28%37%50%42%28%40%31%36%35%30%30%34%34%35%39%38%33%
Not Sure6%3%8%6%5%5%7%5%6%6%4%****5%5%4%8%4%1%6%4%5%13%4%6%6%2%4%3%4%5%3%4%6%5%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%25%32%25%18%57%43%73%20%4%3%36%41%22%42%37%13%40%32%22%7%58%42%50%45%60%36%29%38%33%34%19%31%17%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.