Gov. Bev Perdue does not have to worry about a threat in a Democratic primary, according to a new poll.
Perdue would defeat state Rep. Bill Faison by a 62-18 margin in a primary, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm based in Raleigh.
She has strong support in every segment in the party, the poll found, including 62 percent among those who consider themselves very liberal, 72 percent among those who are somewhat liberal, 61 percent among moderates, 59 percent among women, 67 percent among women, 58 percent among men, 68 percent among blacks, 54 percent with young voters, and 68 percent with seniors.
While Perdue trails likely Republican challenger Pat McCrory by a 47-42 percent margin, some of the other Democrats whose names have been bandied about as potential Perdue alternatives do not do any better.
Faison would start a race with McCrory down 45-30, while Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton would start a McCrory race down 46-32, according to the poll.
Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper would start a race with McCrory trailing by three points, 42-39, while former University of North Carolina president Erskine Bowles would start a race with McCrory tied at 42 percent.
The survey of 760 voters, including 353 Democratic voters, was conducted Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. The margin of error for the general election mandates is 3.6 percent and the margin of error for Democratic primary match-ups is plus or minus 5.2 percent.