by Lisa Sorg
More than half of North Carolina voters surveyed say it is inappropriate to exploit the Ground Zero mosque as a campaign issue, according to Public Policy Polling release issued today. PPP_Release_NC_930_1_.pdf
Republican Renee Ellmers, who is running against Democratic incumbent Bob Etheridge for the Second Congressional District, used the mosque in a TV attack ad—that contained several inaccuracies—on Etheridge.
That tactic may hurt Ellmers' chances of winning, PPP concluded, because key groups she needs to beat Etheridge are put off by the ad.
While 60 percent of Republican voters view invoking the mosque in campaigns as acceptable, more than two-thirds of Democrats and half of Independents disapprove of it, PPP said.
See Bob Geary's story on the tactics in this week's Indy.