Raleigh, N.C. — With less than three months until the November elections, the @NCCapitol team will start offering a weekly roundup of poll data and trends for races in North Carolina and for the White House.
A reminder: It's important to read polls as trends rather than as snapshots. It's also helpful to remember that different polls have different biases, and they reach their conclusions by surveying different groups of people with different questions.
It makes it hard to compare them.
Real Clear Politics, a poll-tracking website, provides an average look at several polls by looking at how each polling firm leans and how many people it surveyed.
The last week of polls analyzed by Real Clear Politics show Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in front of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in North Carolina's gubernatorial race but by a small margin of 3.6 percent when looking back at trends since June.
In the presidential race, Democrats were excited last week when looking at some polls that showed Hillary Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump by 9 points.
Looking at long-term trends, however, Real Clear Politics puts Clinton's margin at a much closer 1.7 percent.