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POLL: Romney trails Obama in favorability in NC

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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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