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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A new High Point University/FOX8 poll indicates registered North Carolina voters now favor President Barack Obama for re-election in a near-reverse from the previous poll’s results.

The poll, which was conducted by live callers on the university’s campus, found 46 percent of participants said they would vote for Obama if the election were held today.  43 percent said they would vote for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The previous HPU/FOX8 poll found 46 percent of voters would choose Romney as the next U.S. president, while 43 percent would choose to re-elect Obama.

The most recent survey was fielded between Sept. 8 and Sept. 13, while the previous survey was fielded in late August.

“We have seen a lot of polls lately that were very favorable to Gov. Romney,” the poll’s director, Dr. Martin Kifer, said in a prepared statement. “The new poll may be an indicator that the presidential race here in North Carolina is shifting in a direction that is more favorable to President Obama. But we will need more information to be sure, and we’ll be watching closely to see if these findings are consistent with what other organizations are currently observing.”

Questions asked in latest poll:

(For registered voters, n = 448, margin of sampling error is approximately 4.7 percent, percentages may not total 100 due to rounding)

Presidential race – registered voters

Thinking ahead to the November 2012 elections, if the election for President of the United States were held today would you be voting for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

  • Barack Obama – 46 percent
  • Mitt Romney – 43 percent
  • (Other) – 3 percent
  • (Don’t know/Refuse) – 9 percent

Presidential Job approval – Registered voters

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

  • Approve – 49 percent
  • Disapprove – 47 percent
  • (Don’t know/Refuse) – 5 percent

Responses came from 515 adults with land lines and cell phones.  They were selected by a Random Digit Dial method, giving a margin of sampling error of 4.4 percent.

Further results and methodological details of the survey can be found at