Raleigh, N.C.-- President Barack Obama added a couple of points to his slim margin over Mitt Romney in North Carolina that PPP found in a survey last month, bringing his current lead in the state to 3 points, at 49% to 46%. While Obama picked up two points in his approval rating to bring it to -1, Romney’s favorability experienced a drop of 5 points.
Independent voters have warmed up to the President considerably over the past month, turning towards Obama by 12 points, though still favoring Romney by a 48% to 44% mark. Obama’s approval rating has also improved among this key demographic, from a scathing -25 in July to -13 today.
This most recent survey includes results among North Carolina’s newer residents, asking both if respondents were born in the Tar Heel state and how long they have lived there. Obama’s entire margin comes from non native North Carolinians. In this group, the President leads 51% to 45%, while he is tied with Romney among natives at 47%.