Poll: Romney holds advantage in North Carolina
October 1st, 2012
02:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Romney holds advantage in North Carolina

(CNN) - A new poll released Monday in the battleground state of North Carolina shows Republican nominee Mitt Romney with a four point advantage over President Barack Obama.

The American Research Group survey taken over the weekend indicates Romney with 50% to Obama's 46% among likely voters' choice for president. Romney's advantage is within the poll's sampling error.

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Another recent poll in the state conducted by NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist released last week shows Obama with a slight advantage over Romney 48%-46%, also within the poll's sampling error.

In 2008, Obama narrowly won the swing state becoming the first Democrat to win North Carolina since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

This election season, President Obama has visited the state seven times since June 2011, not including his party's convention in Charlotte in early September.

Romney has visited the state four times for public events and three for private events since announcing his candidacy last June.

North Carolina has 15 electoral votes and is one of nine states CNN considers a "toss up" on its Electoral Map.

The American Research Group survey was taken by telephone from September 28-30 among 600 likely voters. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • North Carolina
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. CBR

    Enough all ready! Give us a break and stop polling like this. It is getting ridiculous and the public is not committed to their answers. The people who are doing the polls are getting richer. Isn't there a better use for this money?

    October 1, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. ghostriter

    C'mon republicans. I need you guys to come and post about how wrong this poll is. How they oversampled one side to influence the results. That polls don't matter. C'mon.......

    October 1, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. mcskadittle

    right wing polls, must have called all republicans (wow that sounds dumb)

    October 1, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    IF they do go for Willard, I will never visit or call NC my hometown again. I guess those who support him like wars, (of which Willard's useless sons won't be part of), higher taxes for middle class people and extinction of public schools to name a few.

    Anything can happen between now and the election and quite frankly, I don't think Willard has what it takes to pull this off and the American people will find that out on Wednesday.

    October 1, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. toddcourt1

    The polls show a slight lead by Obama almost across the board. We all know the majority of news reporting tends to give Obama a pass on a lot of stuff and tends to be hyper-critical of Romney on even relatively minor subjects, all in an unbalanced Obama-favoring way. The question I have is: How would the two candidates stand in the polls if there wasn't as much media bias?

    October 1, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. n

    Sure, whatever, with a big fat doubt. Who got paid off over the weekend? Nothing major happened to change last weeks poll and from out of no where and all of a sudden, Romney got the edge. Give it a rest.

    October 1, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. PaulCat

    Ok republicans, let's say it altogether, the polls are wrong.

    October 1, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. 200 TON HAMMER

    Its ok middleclass republicans of north carolina,you know whats best for your familes,and income tax season be here when you go like wow,Mr President Obama
    tax plans put $2,000 ~$20,000 refund check
    from 2012 tax refunds

    October 1, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. lolo

    You can have this state Romney so that you won"t look too bad when the rest of the country re-elects President Obama.

    October 1, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    uh oh that poll HAS to be skewed. The DNC needs to get to the bottom of this ASAP!

    October 1, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Ray E. (Georgia)

    All indacations say this election will be close. The Tea Leaves is giving Romney the win. It is still about jobs, no?

    October 1, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. ghostriter

    toddcourt1, Obama is leading in Fox polls. Which would probably lean right.

    So if you think Fox is "fair and balanced" then you have your answer. If you think Fox leans right and their polls still show Obama leading, well I think that answers your question as well.

    October 1, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. just sayin

    looks like the democrats will have to start shipping in more illegal voters to try and win this one.

    October 1, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Wake up people!

    Come on people let's face it. There are going to be plenty southern states that would vote for Hitler over President Obama or any other non-white person. Many still think they are fighting the civil war...... So sad.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 1, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. TheVoice2

    North Carolina is a red state, it has been for decades. It will be suprising if Obama wins N.C. this time around. They key is Ohio in which Obama has in the bag. Now he just needs to win any just one of the other battleground states, IA, NV, FL, NH, CO, or VA and he will be reelected. Basically what I am saying is Obama doesn't need NC to win.

    October 1, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Can I hear the voice of one Republican telling me what's wrong with this poll in NC because Democrats find nothing wrong about it.

    October 1, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Romney Said Let Them Eat Cake

    A poll in NC during the summer showed Romney with a lead. But they forgot to poll the largest city in the state Charlotte. Did the poll include The Research Triangle Area? The last poll in NC with Romney leading was done in rural uneducated republican areas.

    October 1, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Jan

    So what should we say to this...the poll must be skewed...this time around more republicans must have been polled!

    October 1, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. truth hurts

    Woman In California - IF they do go for Willard, I will never visit or call NC my hometown again.
    =======================================================================

    And I'm sure they thank you! You and your ilk are doing such a fine job of wrecking California I'm sure they would prefer you stay there.

    October 1, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. a disgrace but you voted for him

    ending obama's failed presidency is the most important step the american people will ever take.......

    October 1, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Calif Conservative

    Hussein Obama will lose.
    ABO
    OMG

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 1, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. michael

    So where are all the GOP supporters who are always coming here to cry about how biased the polls are?

    October 1, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Just saying

    What color do you think Romney will be during the debates? Whites, Latinos, African Americans, Native Indains will all be watching. Romney (striped?)

    October 1, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Dave in Arizona

    Weren't conservatives just declaring war on the legitimacy of polls?
    I'll laugh at the hypocrisy if they now cling to this one...

    October 1, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Sam

    The Military are delayed in getting their absentee ballots. Obama's fingerprints are all over this travesty but he gets away with it. Why? Because he knows the corrupt media won't call him out on it. He sanctions Fast & Furious to discredit the 2nd Amendment. He uses the Gulf oil spill to discredit the entire oil drilling industry and fakes “expert” reports from the DOI then refuses to obey a court ruling to issue drilling permits. Why not? He can. He sends out the EPA to “crucify” businesses. Why not? He can. No one in the media cares or investigates. Those on the “right-wing” who do are ignored or smeared as extremists. Even stories which do, through cunning and dogged bravery, break through the membrane of the media into the mass culture — such as ACORN — simply reach a dead end of blamelessness. No one ever connected ACORN to Obama or fashioned a larger piece about the left and how all its subversive satellites connected up to each other and to Obama’s past and intentions. Now ACORN is back with 100 different new names. The only thing standing in the way of utter tyranny now are the debate skills of Romney. But even if Romney wins hands down the media will spin the story anyway Obama tells them to.

    October 1, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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