Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The View from Voters

Make of it what you will, but Democratic voters in North Carolina and Indiana provided pollsters some intriguing tidbits that could have great impact come November. According to exit interviews done by Media Research of Somerville, N.J. and Mitofsky International of New York City for the National Election Pool:
- More voters in N.C and Indiana feel Barack Obama can beat John McCain in the general election - 50 percent to 47 percent in Indiana; 55 percent to 39 percent in North Carolina.
- More voters in both states feel Obama shares their values - 66 percent to 63 percent in Indiana; 70 percent to 61 percent in N.C.
- More voters feel Obama is honest and trustworthy - 66 percent to 54 percent in Indiana; 71 percent to 49 percent in North Carolina.
- The states split on who's more qualified to be commander in chief. Indiana voters gave the edge to Clinton, 54 percent to 43 percent; N.C. voters gave the edge to Obama, 50 percent to 45 percent.
- The two states also split over who was most likely to improve the economy. Indiana voters voters again gave the nod to Clinton, 49 percent to 47 percent. North Carolinians gave the nod to Obama, 53 percent to 42 percent.
Those views shine some light on the voting patterns in the states Tuesday too - Obama's overwhelming win in N.C. and Clinton's squeaker in Indiana.


Stuart said...

Democrats outnumbered Republicans 3 to 1 in North Carolina and only managed to give Obama a 16 point advantage. Even more disturbing for Democrats, with the large number of them voting in Indiana, they only give Obama a 3 point advantage. We all know how accurate exit polls can be, uh John Kerry.