New poll shows Obama leads Romney in Va. and N.C.

Posted at 11:16 PM, Jul 10, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-10 23:19:12-04

(WTVR) A poll released by Public Policy Polling (PPP) on Tuesday shows President Obama pulling ahead of GOP candidate Mitt Romney in North Carolina and in Virginia.

Most of the nation was very surprised when Obama won these two states four years ago. No Democrat had won Virginia since 1964, until Obama’s 2008 victory.

In Virginia Obama is up eight points, 50-42. His lead is much narrower in North Carolina, at 47-46. With the margin of error, Obama would still lead in Virginia.

The polling group found that 40% of North Carolina voters said that Romney’s visits to the state make them feel more negatively about him, and 29% saying it makes them more positive toward Romney.

PPP surveyed 775 North Carolina voters and 647 Virginia voters for three days, starting July 5. The margin of error for the North Carolina survey is +/-3.5%, and +/-3.9% for the Virginia survey.

The poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political
organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews.

To read the entire poll, click here: PDF of Public Policy Polling

Virginia is considered a battleground state in this election. President Obama will make a two-day campaign sweep through the state this weekend, with scheduled stops in Virginia Beach, Hampton and Roanoke on Friday and a Henrico visit on Saturday.

Click here to find out how to get tickets to the Henrico event.