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Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat in NC

Posted October 29, 2012

— With eight days to go before the election, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are virtually tied in North Carolina, according to a poll released Monday.

The Elon University Poll surveyed 1,238 likely voters statewide between Oct. 21 and Oct. 26 and found that Obama and Romney each attracted 45 percent support, with 5 percent still undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

An August poll by Elon University had Romney in front by 4 percentage points.

In the latest poll, 51 percent of respondents said Romney would do a better job handling the U.S. economy, compared with 42 percent for Obama. Still, 45 percent said the president has a better vision for addressing the nation's problems, compared with 41 percent for Romney.

"The economy is the most prominent issue of the election and is an important reason why Mitt Romney is in a tight race with the incumbent president,” Kenneth Fernandez, director of the Elon University Poll, said in a statement. “But respondents also seem to have a growing optimism about the economy. More people believe the economy will improve over the next year, and those optimists are more likely to vote for Barack Obama.”

Almost half of those polled said the U.S. economy would be better next year, while only 8 percent said it would get worse. Twenty-nine percent said they expect it to continue sputtering along at the same pace.

Obama outpolled Romney in all other areas, although some were within the margin of error. He leads 52 to 42 percent on foreign policy, 50 to 43 percent on health care, 47 to 45 percent on immigration and 47 to 46 percent on national security.

Also, 46 percent of those polled said they trust Obama more, compared with 38 percent who said Romney was more trustworthy. Respondents said Obama shared their values more than Romney, by 47 to 45 percent.

Forty-nine percent of respondents said they believe Romney will raise taxes on the middle class, compared with 37 percent who believe Obama will raise taxes.

The poll also showed that Republican Pat McCrory should win North Carolina's gubernatorial election handily over Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. McCrory was favored by 52 percent of respondents, compared with 38 percent for Dalton. Eight percent remain undecided.

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  • CharmedLife Nov 2, 12:04 p.m.

    Bubba, don't be attacking other people's religion. This isn't the platform for that and you know this. Your opinion is just that, an opinion and not a fact.

  • CharmedLife Nov 2, 11:56 a.m.

    If Christians showed up to vote, Romney would win in a landslide. Only 25% of Christians vote, but I don't think it's because they are putting their faith in Jesus to make things work out according to His plan. In fact, I believe it's because they aren't acting out their faith at all. There is no way that Christians should be voting for the Democratic platform...unless they look to a political party for their sustenance rather than God. The Democratic platform is anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-American, anti-family, anti-jobs, anti-business...it's just a product of Satan.
    BubbaDukeforPresident

    WHAT A LOAD OF CROCK!!!

  • workingforthosethatwont Oct 31, 10:28 a.m.

    Wrong Elon! Romney is ahead now and will be ahead next Wednesday!

  • justiceforall Oct 31, 8:55 a.m.

    Maybe they should read the other top story today "WRAL News poll: Romney edges ahead in NC as election nears". Gotta love the media.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Oct 31, 8:49 a.m.

    If Christians showed up to vote, Romney would win in a landslide. Only 25% of Christians vote, but I don't think it's because they are putting their faith in Jesus to make things work out according to His plan. In fact, I believe it's because they aren't acting out their faith at all. There is no way that Christians should be voting for the Democratic platform...unless they look to a political party for their sustenance rather than God. The Democratic platform is anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-American, anti-family, anti-jobs, anti-business...it's just a product of Satan.

  • baldchip Oct 30, 7:00 p.m.

    I wonder what slanted questions they asked-or how many more Dems they surveyed.

    This is sure different than today's top story!!

    SAVE AMERICA-ROMNEY for President!!

  • WageSlave Oct 30, 4:22 p.m.

    Sigh it's these freeloader types that have ruined this contry. If you are not a democrat at the age of 20 you have no heart. If you are not a Republican at the age of 40 you have no brain.
    ncouterbanks69

    And if I am libertarian?

  • banker27520 Oct 30, 4:09 p.m.

    "Not sure how reliable any polls really are, but seems like a poll that asks 1223 likely voters questions and 38% of them refer to themselves as Strongly Democrat or Democrat as opposed to 28% Strongly Republican or Republican would be skewed and not covered in the margin of error."

    Actually polls usually mirror the registrations, so for example in NC at this point in time the electorate is composed of basically 43% democrats, 31% republican and 26% independent so along those lines the 38% to 28% who were surveyed and with the margin of error, is about right.

  • arfamr1007 Oct 30, 3:38 p.m.

    Its pretty funny that the liberal news went from quoting Rasmussen, Gallup, and other well known polls to those like the Elon polls that still show Obama with a chance...bwahahaha

  • jervin6 Oct 30, 3:30 p.m.

    Not sure how reliable any polls really are, but seems like a poll that asks 1223 likely voters questions and 38% of them refer to themselves as Strongly Democrat or Democrat as opposed to 28% Strongly Republican or Republican would be skewed and not covered in the margin of error.

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