One month ago, Romney and Obama were essentially tied in the critical swing state of North Carolina. Today, Rasmussen reports, Romney has moved into a solid 8 point lead.
Mitt Romney has moved out to an eight-point lead over President Obama in North Carolina after the two men were virtually tied a month ago.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Tar Heel State shows the putative Republican nominee earning 51% of the vote to Obama’s 43%. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The shift in the Tarheel state mirrors the shifts we’ve seen in recent national polls. In polls of registered or likely voters, Romney edges the President in virtually every survey. Part of this is the natural consequence of Romney sealing up the GOP nomination, as supporters of other candidates rally to his standard.
Part of this, though, is the consequence of Obama running his campaign by, and for, the media. He’s obsessed over social issues like birth control and gay marriage that cause folks in the Hollywood Hills to swoon, but leave regular voters yawning.
Obama isn’t talking about the one issue voters care about: The economy. And if he does mention it, its the same laundry list of small-bore policies that have already failed to lift the economy.
Voters nationally regard the economy as far and away the most important issue in the upcoming election, and just 11% of North Carolina voters now describe the U.S. economy as good or excellent. Forty-seven percent (47%) rate it as poor. Thirty-one percent (31%) say the economy is getting better, but 41% think it is getting worse.
The president leads overwhelmingly among those who give the economy positive marks, while Romney is far ahead among the much larger group that views the economy as poor.
One poll. One state. But, the trend is our friend.