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Poll Results: Oct. 22-25, 2001
Elon Poll examines terrorism, U.S. Senate race
Less than half of North Carolinians are worried about coming in contact with anthrax, while U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Dole's residency could become an issue for citizens in the upcoming race. Those are among the findings of a new Elon University Poll, conducted Oct. 22-25 by the Elon Institute for Politics and Public Affairs. The poll sampled the opinions of 491 adults in the state and has a margin of error of ± 4.5 percent.
The latest poll shows only 42 percent of North Carolinians are worried or somewhat worried about the possibility of anthrax exposure. Fifty-six percent of those polled indicated they were not very worried or not worried at all. Other questions about terrorism found:
The poll also revealed that 75 percent of North Carolinians would support limits on the amount of money Senate candidates can spend on their campaigns. "With a Senate in Washington split nearly 50-50, and Dole and Erskine Bowles both in the race, this campaign has the potential to be one of the most expensive Senate races in the state's history," says Spray. "Although campaign finance reform has been shelved in Washington, citizens of North Carolina appear concerned about the role of big money in politics."
Meanwhile, current U.S. Senator John Edwards is getting lukewarm ratings from North Carolina citizens. Only 11 percent strongly approve of the job he is doing, while 46 percent approve, 12 percent disapprove and 31 percent had no opinion on Edwards' performance.
The poll also asked citizens about the state of North Carolina's economy:
The Elon Poll is conducted by students who work under the direction of faculty members in the political science department. A computerized polling center located on campus is equipped with sophisticated statistical software and 27 telephone polling stations.