Local Politics

Poll: Obama, McCain in dead heat

Posted September 20, 2008 9:36 p.m. EDT
Updated September 20, 2008 10:31 p.m. EDT

Democrat Sen. Barack Obama has pulled into a tie with Republican John McCain in North Carolina, according to results released by Public Policy Polling Saturday.

Each candidate has 46 percent and Libertarian Bob Barr had 5 percent.

North Carolina has voted for Republican presidential candidates for the past three decades.

Obama’s standing in the state has improved over the year as more voters are citing concern over the economy as a top issue when deciding who to vote for, according to the PPP.

“The more voters are concerned about the economy instead of things like immigration, taxes and social issues, the better Democrats are going to do in North Carolina” PPP president Dean Debnam said in a press release.

PPP is known for representing many Democratic clients.

In the latest WRAL News Poll, McCain leads Obama 46 to 42 percent.

In a recent poll by Elon University, more than 40 percent of respondents said they plan to vote Republican in the upcoming presidential election, compared with 35.3 percent who said they would vote Democratic. The poll also showed McCain had a more favorable image among North Carolina residents than Obama.

In the race for state Senate, Democratic state Sen. Kay Hagan leads 46 percent to Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s 41 percent, according to PPP.

The Elon University Poll showed 35.3 percent of those surveyed plan to vote Democratic in the Senate race, while 34.8 percent said they would vote Republican. Almost a quarter of the voters are still undecided.

PPP surveyed 1,060 likely voters in North Carolina from Sept. 17 – 19. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.