Unaffiliated voters favor GOP candidate Pat McCrory by a wide margin in the race for governor, according to a Civitas Poll.
McCrory leads Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, the Democrat, with independents by 46 percent to 29 percent, according to the poll. Ten percent support Libertarian Barbara Howe. More than half the unaffiliated voters surveyed either had no opinion of Dalton (29 percent) or had never heard of him (27 percent).
"Many voters just don't know who Walter Dalton is," Civitas President Francis X. De Luca said in a statement.
Twenty-two percent had no opinion of McCrory, and 9 percent had never heard of him. Forty-five percent of unaffiliated voters had a favorable view of McCrory, while 24 percent had an unfavorable view. Dalton was 23 percent favorable and 20 percent unfavorable.
The poll has President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney in a dead heat, at 45 percent each.
The survey of 400 voters registered as unaffiliated was conducted Aug. 20 and Aug. 21. The poll has a 4.9 percent margin of error.