Post-primary poll has Dalton closing on McCrory

Published: May. 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Republican Pat McCrory has seen his lead drop in the first post-primary poll of the Governor's race in North Carolina.

Public Policy Polling's data has McCrory leading Democrat Walter Dalton by six points, 46-40. This differs from the first time PPP polled the possible matchup, in late January, when McCrory shared a 50-35 advantage. According to a PPP release, Dalton has both increased his name recognition and become better liked by North Carolinians over the course of his primary campaign. 54% of voters are familiar with him, compared to 42% in January.

"Walter Dalton has erased over half of the lead Pat McCrory had on him three months ago," Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling said in a release. "McCrory certainly still remains the favorite but it looks like this is going to be a competitive race and not the potential blowout it had the potential to be at the start of the year."

According to the polling data, Dalton has boosted his name recognition since the first poll. 54% are now familiar with him, compared to 42% in the first poll. TV ads run during the primary could be a big reason for that increase.

McCrory continues to be one of the most popular politicians in North Carolina, with a favorability rating of +13 (41% favorable/28% unfavorable) He also runs very strong with independent voters, leading Dalton 52-29.

In the same poll, 57% of the respondants disapprove of the current Governor Bev Perdue's job performance, compared to 31% approval.

PPP polled more than 660 voters from May 10-13. Click here to read the specifics of this poll.

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