HPU/FOX8 Poll: Romney has slight edge with NC voters

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A High Point University/FOX8 poll completed shortly before Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention finds the GOP presidential nominee has a slight edge over President Barack Obama with registered North Carolina voters.

The poll’s results indicate 46 percent of voters would choose Romney as the next U.S. president, while 43 percent would choose to re-elect Obama.

Another poll by the university completed a week prior to the RNC found the presidential candidates deadlocked in the state, with 43 percent selecting Romney and 43 percent selecting Obama.

“This poll shows that the race for president remained very tight going into Gov. Romney’s acceptance speech, but now things may be moving in his direction,” said Martin Kifer, director of the poll. “This continues to be a closely watched election in North Carolina. All eyes will be on Charlotte to see how President Obama’s chances are affected by the Democratic National Convention.”

A separate poll conducted by Elon University in conjunction with the Charlotte Observer and News & Observer of Raleigh found Romney with a 47 percent to 43 percent lead over Obama.

The HPU poll was conducted through SurveyUSA.  543 of the 600 adult residents who were surveyed were registered to vote, the university reports.  The research was conducted using a blended sample, mixed mode.  The survey dates were from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30. 

Questions asked:

(For registered voters, n = 543, margin of sampling error is approximately 4.3 percent)

Presidential race questions – Registered Voters

If the election for President of the United States were held today, would you be voting for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

  • Mitt Romney – 46 percent
  • Barack Obama – 43 percent
  • Someone else – 5 percent
  • Undecided – 6 percent

Presidential Job approval:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

  • Approve – 42 percent
  • Disapprove – 53 percent
  • Not sure – 6 percent

Following the election:

Would you say you have been following news about the elections more closely or less closely than you did in 2008?

  • More closely – 81 percent
  • Less closely – 14 percent
  • Not sure – 5 percent
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