Ellmers Surges Ahead of Incumbent Etheridge in Latest Poll

Republican Nominee Leads Among All Voters, Independents

DUNN, NC-Renee Ellmers, a local nurse and community activist, leads seven-term incumbent Congressman Bob Etheridge in a SurveyUSA poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

In a survey of 400 respondents, researchers found that Ellmers leads Etheridge 39 percent to 38 percent. Among those registered “Independent,” Ellmers leads by 10 points, 32 percent to 22 percent.

Congressman Etheridge earned unwelcome national attention this week for his assault on two student journalists on the streets of Washington, D.C. Public disapproval echoed in his home district, with 84 percent of registered voters polled aware of the video.

Additionally, 40 percent of those surveyed have an unfavorable opinion of Etheridge, while only 25 percent have a favorable opinion.

“We are encouraged and energized by the recent poll numbers that show us ahead of Bob Etheridge,” Ellmers said. “We are certain that not only is this due to his most recent disgraceful episode, but also because of our campaign’s message of making Washington accountable to the people.”

“With the mood of the voters in the second district, this was always going to be a tough race for Etheridge.  However, the video confrontation has vastly complicated his efforts and has now put him in the national spotlight,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.  “Even prior to the video, Etheridge’s votes on the bailout, health care and Cap and Trade were hurting him with voters.”

For more information about Renee Ellmers, visit http://www.reneeforcongress.com.