New NC poll shows marginal shift in support for president after DNC

by: Andrew Doud Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A new North Carolina poll out Monday shows a marginal shift in support for the president following the DNC.

Despite the hype, national attention and energized speeches, the Democratic National Convention did little to sway voters.

According to the latest North Carolina poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, President Obama gained just one percentage point over Mitt Romney.

The PPP has polled an Obama/Romney matchup 25 times since November 2010, and the two have always been within 3 points of each other.

“When you’re talking about a 49/48 split, the really interesting aspect is so many people have already made up their minds that the persuadable numbers are so few. We're going to go into this election basically a coin toss,” said political analyst Michael Bitzer.

Bitzer said the candidates must now shift their attention to the undecided voters, like Mike Loeb, who said the convention did little to help make up his mind.

“I don't think having it in Charlotte changes my political views or sways it at all, but I think for Charlotte as a city it was a great thing," Loeb said.

Bitzer said the undecided and independent voters will likely make their decisions based on the upcoming debates.

“It's certainly the president’s advantage going into the first debate, and I would dare say the first one is going to set the impressions for everything else,” Bitzer said.

He said North Carolina is a must-win for Romney to make it to the White House.

For more information about the recent poll, click here.