A majority of North Carolinians feel the that making the so-called ground zero mosque is an inappropriate political issue, according to a new poll.
A survey found that 51 of Tar Heels think the location of an Islamic community center near the site of the World Trade Center is not pertinent in state politics, 37 percent think it is, and 11 percent, are not certain, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm based in Raleigh.
Republicans(60-29) approved of the issue, Democrats(20-68) opposed it, while independents(38-50) also opposed it, according to the poll
The mosque issue was used in a TV ad by Renee Ellmers, a Republican candidate challenging 2nd district Democratic congressman Bob Etheridge.
The poll surveyed 681 likely North Carolina voters was conducted from Sept. 23 to 26. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.
The spin: “Republicans are trying to use the mosque as a wedge issue,” said Dean Debnam, president of the polling firm. “But voters aren't buying it. The campaign tactics that worked in Jesse Helms' North Carolina aren't going to be effective today.”