With just eight days left in the campaign, President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied in North Carolina, according to a new Elon University poll released on Monday.
Both candidates share 45 percent support from likely voters, while 5 percent still remain undecided, according to the poll. Support for Obama, who won the state in 2008, seemed to have decreased in recent months. However, because Romney lead this poll by 4 percentage points in late August, the latest numbers seem to indicate the president's prospects are rising.
Respondents found the president to be stronger on national security, health care, foreign relations and immigration issues. However, Romney was deemed stronger on the economy, leading Obama by 10 points at 52 percent.
Likely voters polled in North Carolina also found Obama to be more honest and trustworthy; that he shared their values more closely; and that he was better fit to address the country’s problems. Obama also leads among early voters.
Generally, those polled were optimistic about the economy, with 49 percent saying they think it will get better in the next year, while just 29 percent said it will stay the same.
Both campaigns and the super PACs that support them are running ads in the state, though campaign stops remain infrequent. Several analysts have put North Carolina in the “lean-Republican” column.
The poll was conducted among 1,238 likely voters between Oct. 21 and Oct. 26. It had a margin of error of 2.79 percentage points.