6 Th Daily Tar Heel Thursday, November 17, 1977
Maybe too early to decide
N.C. voters uncertain on Senate race
By AMY McRARY
The vast majority of North Carolinians are still
in the dark about who they want elected in the
U.S. Senate race next year, according to a recently
The Carolina Poll, a statewide survey
conducted by the UNC School of Journalism,
revealed that 73 percent of the respondents either
did not know or did not answer when asked who
they would like to see elected to the U.S. Senate.
The poll, which questioned 477 adults 18 or
older, was conducted Oct. 16 fo 2 1 . The results of
the random telephone survey accurately reflect
North Carolina public opinion 95 times out of 100
with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.49
percent, according to journalism professors who
helped conduct the survey.
Sen. Jesse Helms, the conservative Republican
who will be defending his seat, was favored by 14
percent of the respondents. The remaining 13
percent of those polled were divided among
several declared and potential candidates.
Announced Democratic candidates are State
Sen. E. Lawrence Davis, D-Forsyth; State Sen.
McNeill Smith, D-Guilford; Luther H. Hodges
Jr., a Charlotte banker; David P. McKnight, a
former editorial writer for the Fayetieville
Observer, and Joe Felmet, a former copy editor
for the Winston-Salem Journal.
Of the Democratic candidates, Hodges was
named most often, receiving 2 percent of the
support. Davis and Smith each received support
from less than 1 percent of the respondents.
Anolher 2 percent of those interviewed said they
A MAR VISTA Prestation
Starring MARJOE GORTNER
ROBERT LANSING ED NELSON
SyW. WDBS Classic Serie presents
00H Alar r.iilnti.
oriage uver Hiver Kwar
Judith Criftt. N Y Post
II v . , , ...I
'The Big Sleep"
4:50 I . n, 1 1
9:30 I VL
2nd BIG WEEK
S I VALENTINO
they are here.
What do they want?
n-ri HELD OVER
IdMSkJl 5h BIG WEEK
& IIIIMII I HIHIIiiM. nil
showsF f r1
o hi TKSAOsO
IN llllll Hi MM. t.u....
wanted anyone but Helms elected, while 4 percent
supported N.C. Attorney General Rufus
Edmisten, who said Wednesday that he will not
enter the race. Potential candidate John Ingram,
N.C. commissioner of insurance, was not
mentioned by respondents.
The percentages for support of individual
candidates may be low because respondents were
asked to name whom they would like elected.
Many political polls give a list of names to choose
from, allowing respondents to pick a candidate.
Even so, the survey's results may indicate that it
is too early for voters to form an opinion about the
race. Many respondents said they were unaware of
who the candidates for the seat are. The state
primary is set for May, while theelection will be in
Those adults saying it was too early to form an
opinion had views similar to a 42-year-old
corporation vice president from High Point who
said, "It's too premature to choose."
Others said they did not have enough
information about the candidates to make a
decision. "1 just don't know who's running," a 19-year-old
grocery clerk from Craven County said.
While neither Democrats nor Republicans
showed overwhelming support for any candidate,
a greater percentage of Republicans favored
Helms than did Democrats.
The poll was conducted by telephone using a
process called "random digit dialing" to allow
interviewers to reach unlisted numbers and new
installations. Homes without telephones were
excluded, tending to under-represent the poor.
The survey's finding that 73 percent of the
Panel discussion on
David Wagner, a member of the Panama
Canal treaty negotiating team is one of three
guest lecturers who will join three UNC
faculty members in a discussion of "The
Panama Canal: Myths and Realities," at 8
p.m. today in 100 Hamilton Hall.
Wagner, who is bilateral affairs officer in
the Office of Panamanian Affairs, U.S.
Department of State, will meet with James
P. Lucier, chief legislative assistant to Sen.
Helms and a strong opponent to the treaty's
ratification, and Professor Riordan Roett
from the School of Advanced International
Studies at Johns Hopkins University. They
will join UNC professors Joseph Tulchin,
department of history in Latin American
Brings the beach to 128 E. Franklin Street
AND THE RONDELLS
Bar Phone: 929-8276
Win This 10-Piece
Sectional by Overman
from Lifestyle of Chapel Hill
UlMlyt hu Melting modular wll unlit. chlr, J jW' '""
print and Mctlonal Millng t prlot ottMi balow Wfiraiy
roluM You won I bltv II until you m It. to w Jr fiflfsu'f -, V-i
r gMng mty ttilt (1200 00 value 10 plK mc- f Tjfl 111 A
tlonal by Ovtrman tbtokitaly traa. Jutt com by our TTZT ftunaL. II 0
tlora and raglilar. You to not have to b pratant lo
In. No puichatt It ntcattary Drawing wIMbahald -jr ,
Dacambar 24th. S LlfCStyle
929-8383 ' ChaPe' H1"
f Free Parking at the Ranch House
respondents don't know who they'd like elected
drew varying responses from aides to four of the
"It's a little surprising," said Clint Fuller, a
spokesperson for Sen. Helms in Washington."My
reaction is you'd think a much smaller number of
people would respond in that way."
Bill Patterson, an aide to Davis, said, "I'm
personally not a campaign veteran, but I wouldn't
be surprised. It is relatively early. I understand
that most people don't think about the election
until two months before."
Paul Bernish, a spokesperson for Hodges, said
the 73 percent of "don't knows" was "too high a
figure and would mean apathy." He said polls
done in March and September by their campaign
pollster. Richard Dresner, showed "less than 50
percent of the sample was undecided."
June Milby, Smith's press secretary, said
converting the "don't knows" into Smith
supporters is the basic purpose fo the state
No one in the McKnight or Felmet campaigns
could be reached for comment.
Almost half (47 percent) of those supporting
Helms said they agreed with his performance on
issues. "He (Helms) stands up for what he thinks is
right," a retired Craven County textile worker
said. "He don't mind standing up against things he
thinks are wrong."
"He's a down-to-earth man who's for the
people," a 30-year-old Rutherford County radio
announcer said. "I like his stand on the Panama
canal treaty today
Studies; Samuel R. Williamson, department
of history and dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences; and Federico Gil, department
of political science and director of the
I nstitute of Latin American Studies at U NC.
The format of the program will include 10
minute presentations by each of the panelists
followed by a 50-minute discussion among
them with a question-and-answer period
from the audience. Professor Gil will serve as
moderator for the panel.
The program is sponsored by the
Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense and
the Institute of Latin American Studies at
UNC. It is open to the public.
Deli Phone: 929-3S24
I St f, Ax
1 f V- IS w r' fK
yt I rJ WW
k i '' .
Bni iwwiiirnijiuaaniRi)i,-jJMwaBMB Mmmmmmmmmmb&&ii
Sandra Blake suffered through thesummer with dirtywindows
at her place of employment, White Oaks Clothes on Main St., in
Carrboro. But a warm autumn afternoon Wednesday, and an
Fire financial loss triples
By AMY McRARY
Financial losses from Chapel Hill fires this year
are three times as high as losses during the same
period in 1976.
According to Chapel Hill Fire Department
records, reported fires from J anuary to September
resulted in $161,570 in damages. Only $54,049 in
property losses were reported from January to
Building fires accounted for 79 percent, or
$128,000. of the total loss this year.
However, less than one-fifth (15 percent) of the
249 reported fires involved buildings. "It's not
hard for a fire in a building to do $30,000 damage
in minutes." R. B. Williams, assistant Chapel Hill
cordially invites you to meet and talk
with IRVING M. FRIED
on Thursday, November 17, 1977
from 18 p.m.
Mr. Fried is an internationally famous inventor,
designe r and distributor. He is one of the most
respected and knowledgeable individuals in the audio
Mr. Fried has been involved in various phases of
the audio industry for over 25 years and has been
instrumental in the development of many famous
Stereo Sound would like
to meet with this pioneer of the audio industry.
Mr. Fried will be happy to discuss the latest
developments in audio design and to answer
your questions about his Fried Signature Series
loudspeakers, priced from $140 each to $1900
175 E. Franklin St. 942-8546
Hrs: Mon., Thurs., Fri. 108
Tues., Wed., Sat. 106
V W -aa A -atfal A 1 W M a J W - at A aa V aWtfaTt tVa A A A 9
November 19th is Western Sizzlin's First
Anniversary in Chapel Hill. Come oh in
Friday and help us celebrate!
Register for 2 free tickets
to the UNC-Duke game.
to be held after lunchtime
M 3 s C Free birthday cake
i ' """"xTN. V I with all rftpak
by the Samurai Slicer
and the Sister of the Samurai
Slicer on Fri. and Sat.!
end to the water
her. Staff photo
, fire chief, said recently.
More than two-thirds of the building losses this
year resulted from a single fire that destroyed a
UNC fraternity house. The Pi Kappa Phi
fraternity house, located on Finley Road, suffered
more than $90,000 damage when it burned Jan. 5.
"That really didn't start our year off very well,"
Approximately $30,000 has been lost in several
residential fires in August and September,
Williams said. Fires on the UNC campus caused
nearly $2,000 in damages. An Old West dormitory
room had $ 1 .200 fire damage, while $500 was lost
in a fire in Venable Hall.
Though damage in terms of dollars is high, no
lives have been lost this year or in recent years
to invite everyone The Fried Q.
will be served.
S1771 FJRST ANNIVFPSA RVI
r J on Saturday!
shortage, brought out the window-washer In
by Fred Barbour.
that of 1976
because of fires. "Buildings, especially the old"
ones, can burn and be destroyed quickly,"
Williams said, "especially if there's a delayed call
of the stations. But the last life lost from afire was
three or four years ago."
The financial losses listed by the department
may be lower than the actual insurance payment
to the owner, the assistant fire chief said. "When
we make an estimate of how much fire damage was
done to a car or a building, we can only estimate."
Although almost 30 percent of the fires this year
involved automobiles, actual dollar damage in this
category is slight. Automobile fires account for
$1 1,055, or six percent, of the total financial loss
listed by the department so far this year.
Damage from automobile fires is small because
not all the vehicles are totally damaged, Williams
said. He said what is reported to be an automobile
fire may not be a fire at all. "What we record as a
vehicle fire may be only a busted radiator or
smoke from a cigarette."
When there is an actual fire in a car, it usually is
caused by a leaking gasoline line or a short circuit,
the assistant fire chief said.
Williams said the number of vehicle fires
fluctuates less than the number of other types of
fires because "there's always going to be a lot of
Every Thursday Nighl
405 W. Rosemary St.
ii Free lunch or dinner
if you have the
lucky ticket number
Open 7 d?ys a week f
324 W. Rosemary j
fiO 1 1 t r i
Drive Our Cars J
ALMOST FREE I
to most U.S. cities j
j 520 W-Friendly Ave. I
I Greensboro, N. C. I
i ii r--ii.ii mi f iimr-i riti
" "" '' " ' in. .,..-