HPU Poll Releases Data from its First National Survey


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The HPU Poll now has three successful years under its belt of documenting the opinions of North Carolinians on major issues such as presidential approval, foreign policy and rising gas prices. Today, it completed a new milestone by releasing the results of its first national poll, taking its reach and significance to new heights.

The poll reports that the presidential race between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney remains gridlocked even five days before the election. This was the case both in the state of North Carolina and across the country.

“The race for the White House continues to be extremely close here in North Carolina and across the country,” says Dr. Martin Kifer, director of the HPU Poll. “These results show why North Carolina continues to receive considerable attention from both sets of candidates.”

Under the leadership of Kifer and Dr. Sadie Leder, associate director, the poll has collected other telling data. Another question asked to survey participants was, “Which presidential candidate would you rather have lunch with?” Nationally, 53 percent selected Obama and 39 percent selected Romney.

Leder says that the question is related to how voters might feel about the candidates.

“These results are more evidence of trends we have seen throughout this election,” she says. “Voters tend to trust Gov. Romney on certain issues and view him as competent in managing the economy, but they give President Obama higher marks on personal characteristics. This is another indicator of that advantage for President Obama.”

The poll has been covered by national media outlets including The Washington Post, Yahoo! News, The Huffington Post, Fox News and the Charlotte Observer, among others. Below are links to news outlets that have featured the recent HPU Poll:

NBC News

Huffington Post

The New Republic



 For full results from the poll, visit

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