Poll: McCain holds close lead over Obama in N.C.
Republican John McCain holds a 46 to 42 percent lead over Democrat Barack Obama among N.C. voters in the presidential race, according to a new WRAL News poll.
In a survey of 700 likely voters statewide by polling firm Rasmussen Reports, McCain leads Democrat Barack Obama by 46 to 42 percent. The poll, which was conducted Wednesday, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
McCain widened his lead over Obama in North Carolina by one percentage point from a similar poll conducted a month ago.
The presumptive GOP candidate's four-point lead is among voters who described themselves as certain in their choices. The poll also included people who said they were favoring one candidate or the other but might change their minds before November.
McCain's support has climbed since mid-March, the time of controversial comments by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former pastor.
North Carolina voters indicated they were most interested in economic issues and finding new sources of energy. Voters surveyed believe the U.S. and its allies are winning the war on terrorism.
Forty-eight percent of those surveyed thought President George W. Bush was doing a poor job, compared with 38 percent who found Bush to be doing a good or excellent job.