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ELON, NC (ELON UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE) — While most North Carolinians have opinions about President Barack Obama, more than a quarter of state residents don’t know how they feel about his presumptive GOP rival in the fall elections, according to the latest Elon University Poll.

Forty-three percent of respondents expressed unfavorable views of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they held favorable views. Another 28 percent said they don’t know how they feel.

That compares to the 49 percent of respondents who think favorably of Obama and the 42 percent who don’t. Just 8 percent of respondents said they “don’t know” how they feel about the president.

The poll, conducted April 22-25, 2012, surveyed 640 North Carolina residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.87 percentage points. The sample is of the population in general, with numbers that include both landlines and cellular phones. The Elon University Poll does not restrict respondents by voter eligibility or likelihood of voting.

“People know President Obama. He’s been in office for nearly four years and has visited North Carolina more than a dozen times,” said John Robinson, director of communications for the Elon University Poll. “Now that he’s the presumptive GOP nominee, Gov. Romney’s challenge is to educate North Carolinians on what he stands for and why they should vote for him. To carry the state, he will need to win over most of those ‘don’t knows.’”

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  • Guest2004

    I’m a conservative, Mitt Romney is not a conservative and of course neither is Obama, so I’ll be voting for the leading 3rd party candidate in the fall, and I’ll keep voting 3rd party for President until the GOP decides to back a conservative who will represent middle America and the working class.

  • Mike T

    General Motors is alive , Binladen is Dead and Chrysler posted today it’s highest profits in 13 years. You got your work cut out Sir.
    Maybe you should see if Jimmy Fallen has any open slots!!

  • taxpayer

    only because we taxpayers bailed them out, and if we sold “our” stock today, we’d lose Billions. Chrysler is owned by Fiat, and Obama had little to do with the killing of Bin Laden…but keep on drinking the Kool-Aid Mike T.

  • Gustafo

    We would have been fine without GM. Car companies fail. Obama did not kill Bin Laden. That was a navy SeAL. The position of POTUSA has nothing to do with the rise and fall of a vehicle manufacture’s stocks. Keep dreaming………

  • W. Maclay

    As was replied by two others, GM is owned by the governement. Chrysler is largely owned by Fiat and we would have never nailed Bin Laden if then Senator Obama had his way. Now lay down before you hurt yourself.

  • Guest54321

    “The Elon University Poll does not restrict respondents by voter eligibility or likelihood of voting.”

    In other words, it is useless.

  • Jimbo

    Whomever wrote this article is a complete and utter misinformed so called joutnalist. Romney is NOT the presumptive GOP candidate. STOP LYING to the public. Ron Paul is coming on strong and is almost guarenteed to win the delegate count in at least 5 states meaning he will go to Tampa. you see a REAL journalist would add that to the story, but you, like most of the MSM ignore him and black him out. Your journalism is a disgusting example of what gets by as news these days. You are a very sad source of news.

  • Guest7969

    then…we have the nut job Ron Paul supporters…

  • GuestHbhcjh

    Want to place a wager that Ron Paul will get the Republican nomination? $1000 bet, I will give you 100 to
    1 odds. What the hell, 1000 to 1 odds. Deal??

  • Wade Griffis

    I am not an Obama fan. I am an independent voter. In NC they call that unaffiliated. That is just total BS. I am affiliated with common sense. I am affiliated with, conserative, but compassionate spending.

    Now we move to the crux of the issue. Obama’s likely opponent will be Mitt Romney. There is not a dimes worth of difference between the two.

    Obama will get all the black vote. Romney will get all the Morman vote.

    The election will be decided by the stubborn old farts like me. We will vote for the one who screws up less between now and election.

    That does not always work either. I voted for John Edwards. He said he was for the little man. He was actually for the little woman, underneath him.

  • Guest343

    Between the two Obama is the Christian who is tough on terrorism.

    Although, Romney does have a few friends that own NASCAR teams, so I guess it all evens out in the end.

  • Christian

    “Obama is the Christian”…really? bahahaha…um, he might claim to be, but he is no Christian.

  • Guest 4545

    Who cares about favorability, we’ll see after the votes are counted. BHO can go back to Chicago and be favorable.

  • GuestMan

    Bin Laden dead, Chrysler and GM are working again, unemployment is going down, stock market up, Iraq war over, Health Care Reform, fixing all of Bush’s mistakes that a do nothing republican-led House will let him. Romney needs to strap that dog to the top of the car and head back to Taxachusetts.

  • Guest7969

    GM STILL has issues and taxpayers got SCREWED on the deal, unemployment is NOT DOWN…if you used the method to calculate unemployment that was used when Bush was president…Obama changed that calculation, stock market is ALL OVER, housing market is dead, Iraq war is NOT over, Health Care Reform is turning out to be WAY more expensive than we were told…Obama hasn’t fixed ANYTHING…just made things WAY worse!…He couldn’t get things pushed thru when the DEMOCRATS had run of the table! How come it’s not the DEMOCRATS who are the obstructionists for proposing left wing nut job legislation…

  • Guest461

    Bin Laden could’ve easily been had by Clinton, but he allowed him to live, continue to kill and yet again assault our country and its innocent citizens!!! The world would’ve been just fine without GM or Chrysler surviving. They survived only because of the taxpayer bailout, remember?

    What about the bank bailouts? Yes…another taxpayer funded effort to save the crooked executives their jobs and guarentee their millions in bonuses after failed management. Helluva program there Einstein! Lets allow the taxpayers to reward banking executives for shoddy, crooked and inept management. Positive reinforcement for negative behavior! You don’t really read the news do you?

    My healthcare costs me an additional $7,000.00 this year as my benefits were reduced due to “Health Care Reform”. Now, the people that pay for healthcare get to pay for those that do not! People like YOU! People who really believe things like healthcare, food and housing are “FREE”. No wonder you like Obama…..

    So tell me Guestman, why do we still have illegal aliens swarming into this country, sucking on every entitlement they can get their hands on while not paying taxes, getting free healthcare and farming babies at the American peoples expense? Why isn’t that being stopped?

    Why is it that fuel and food prices are at all time highs, wiping out any economic recovery that has been made? There has been ZERO progress on energy measures and at home oil reform…ZERO!!! You must not even have a car with your lack of understanding here.

    Why is it that families are still losing their homes to foreclosure? Could it possibly be that the vast majority of those jobs that were created were entry level McDonalds, Burger King and WalMart? I seriously doubt that you own a home or that you work.

  • Mike T

    I’m beginning to think your real name must be Leonard Sanders since your writing style is shoot from the hip and into the trees. Our President as Commander in Chief gave the final order to take out Binladen. He made this very hard decision knowing that anything could go wrong. Your buddy Mr Romney doesn’t have the balls to pull this trigger. He would just ask somebody in State to call him when it’s over. What did he say about GM. Just let them go! My friends at the Banks will work something out. Mr Romney is a CEO, they delegate everything. When things go well they step into the spotlight. When things go wrong, they fire somebody. The President takes the heat every day. Mr. Romney has already shown his style in the primaries, he hasn’t talked his way along he’s bought his way. Things are going to turn very different very soon.

  • tweety

    would you have the same feeling had it been george w bush and his weapons of mass destruction oh they were never found so thousands were killed because of his ego.Go figure

  • With this article as the ONLY source: “43% of respondents think unfavorably of Romney. 42% think unfavorably of Obama. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.87 percentage points.”

    I’m quoting the article. So, the candidates are but 1% point apart with a 3.87% margin of error. So please tell me exactly how “Romney trails Obama in favorability in NC?” And while you’re at it, acknowledge that A) polls are meaningless, B) what NC thinks in a national election is meaningless, and C) what respondents say before candidates have been declared is meaningless. Further more, the electoral college elects the president, NOT voters.

    Since the pollsters did not specifically poll people most likely to vote, then 100% of the readers of this article recognize it for what it is: Wasted time and political propaganda, and easily the most stupid article I’ve read today.

  • Johnnie Godwin

    There is only one thing the American people need to think about and that is: Wouldn’t anyone be better than Obama? If you don’t think so, then you’re asking for 4 more years of the same+ and America will not survive, and you will deserve everything he does in the next 4 years and will not be able to complain.


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