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Civitas poll: McCrory maintains slim lead

Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper
Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper

A Civitas poll, released Thursday, shows Gov. Pat McCrory holding on to a slight lead over presumed Democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper.

The conservative organization found 41 percent of respondents said they would vote for McCrory if the election was today, 37 percent chose Cooper, and 20 percent were undecided. The spread is within the margin of error.

Other surveys taken in September had similar results. The left-leaning Public Policy Polling found the governor with a 3 percentage point lead, and an Elon University poll found McCrory with a 1 percentage point lead.

In the Civitas poll, Cooper’s approval rating was 49 percent favorable, 15 percent unfavorable and 27 percent said they didn’t know. That contrasts with a 54 percent favorable view of McCrory, and a 37 percent unfavorable.

As other pollsters have remarked, the Civitas survey continues to underline Cooper’s lack of name recognition around the state. Voters who said they had heard of Cooper were asked what they associated with him: 57 percent either didn’t know or didn’t have a response.

The poll was taken of 600 North Carolina voters, 30 percent were contacted on their cell phones, between Sept. 28 and 30. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.