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Poll turns spolight on NC chicken politics

Haven't had your fill of chicken politics? Neither has Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm.

PPP announced results of a poll that suggests an ideological divide can be observed by looking at North Carolinians' preferred fast-food chicken chain.

92 percent of the poll's participants who identified as "very conservative" have a favorable view of Chick-Fil-A compared to 21 percent for those identifying as "very liberal."

McCrory uses PPP as a punching bag, then touts polling firm's work

Talk about mixed messages: Pat McCrory has famously bashed Public Policy Polling. Now his campaign is touting the firm's work.

The Democratic polling company issued a poll Wednesday giving the Republican gubernatorial candidate a seven-point lead against Walter Dalton. So Ricky Diaz, McCrory's press secretary, sent a blast email to reporters and supporters touting the poll. He cut-and-pasted PPP pollster Tom Jensen's analysis into the email and slapped McCrory campaign letterhead on it.

Republicans keeping down ballot races close, poll shows

The often-overlooked races for the state's top posts are surprisingly close this campaign season with Republican challengers keeping it close against Democratic incumbents, according to a new poll.

In the lieutenant governor's race, Republican Dan Forest and Democrat Linda Coleman are essentially tied, a Public Policy Polling sruvey shows, with Forest holding a one-point advantage (38 to 37 percent) within the margin of error.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, a Democratic incumbent who won  by 14 points in 2008, leads Republican challenger Ed Goodwin, a first-time statewide candidate by just six points, 43 percent to 37 percent. Democratic Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin leads Republican rival Mike Causey by four points. Goodwin won in 2008 by seven percentage points.

"The Republican strength at the top of the ticket looks to be making the other statewide offices more competitive than usual this year as well," writes pollster Tom Jensen with PPP, a Democratic firm.

PPP: McCrory's lead in governor's race remains steady

UPDATED: The North Carolina governor's race remains Pat McCrory's to lose, according to a new poll showing little movement in past four months.

The Republican holds a seven-point lead against Democrat Walter Dalton, 45 percent to 38 percent, according to a Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm based in Raleigh.

The margin in the August poll is identical to PPP's surveys from July and June and essentially mirrors the six-point McCrory advantage in May.

Other polls show McCrory ahead by similar, steady margins, despite Dalton's claim that his campaign has the big "mo" based on a Republican-tilting Rasmussen survey showing a nine-point swing toward Dalton since June.

Obama has slight lead in NC according to new poll

Democratic President Barack Obama holds a narrow lead over Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new poll.

Obama has a 49-46 percent lead over Romney, according to a survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh. The lead is within the margin of error.

With both sides pounding each other over the airwaves, the PPP survey found that Obama had picked up two points his approval rating while Romney's favorability rating had dropped five points. It also found that Obama had picked up 12 points among independent voters in the last month, although Romney still holds a 48-44 percent edge.

N.C. voters don't seem to like the state legislature

Days after the legislative session ended, the majority of North Carolina voters disapprove of the General Assembly.

A new poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows 52 percent disapprove and 22 percent approve of the state legislature's job. Another one in four voters are unsure.

PPP poll: Pat McCrory holds 7-point lead; Dalton still largely unknown

Pat McCrory is sitting on a comfortable 7-point lead against Democratic rival Walter Dalton, according to a new survey from the Democratic firm.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate's 43 percent support bests Dalton's 36 percent and gives him a larger margin than two recent polls (here and here) showing the race a dead-heat. But it matches a June PPP poll giving McCrory an identical advantage.

In the July PPP poll, Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe received 9 percent and 12 percent of  voters remain undecided. The poll's margin of error is plus-or-minus 3.5 percent.

North Carolina presidential race remains tight

The North Carolina presidential race remains highly competitive, according to a new poll. President Barack Obama has a 47-46 percent lead over his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh. The lead is within the margin of error.

The poll found some slight movement toward Obama at a time when the Democrat's campaign has been running TV commercials criticizing Romney's tenure at Bain Capital. A June poll found Romney with a 48-46 percent lead, also within the margin of error.

Perdue is the nation's most unpopular governor, but more dislike for legislature

North Carolina Bev Perdue is the most unpopular governor in the country, according to a new poll.

Perdue's disapproval rating has hit an all-time high of 59 percent, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh. Her approval rating is 30 percent, with 11 percent not for sure.

That makes her the most unpopular governor in the country of the 40 governors that PPP has polled, the firm said. That may also explain why the Republicans are doing their best to tie Democratic candidate Walter Dalton to Perdue.

But before Republicans get feeling too smug, it should be noted that as unpopular as Perdue is, the Republican legislature is not far behind.

Is GOP closing in on the Council of State seats?

If Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory wins big in November, he could help other GOP candidates down the ballot.

There is already polling data suggesting that McCrory could be having some effect.

A new survey shows Democratic State Auditor Beth Wood is tied with her Republican challenger, Republican Debra Goldman, a Wake County school board member, at 36 percent. The survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh, found that 29 percent of the voters questioned were undecided.

The poll also found that Democratic state Treasurer Janet Cowell with a statistically insignificant lead of 34-33 percent over Republican Steve Royal, a Wilkes County CPA, with 33 percent undecided.

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler leads his Democratic challenger, Walter Smith by a 45-31 percent margin, with 25 percent undecided.

The survey of 810 North Carolina voters was conducted June 7-10 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.

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