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President Barack Obama is rapidly losing support among African-American voters in North Carolina, a new poll out today from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows.
The poll finds that Mitt Romney would get 20 per cent of the African-American vote if the election were held today, compared with 76 per cent for Obama. Overall, Romney has a 48 per cent to 46 per cent lead on Obama in the crucial swing state.
Obama received 95 per cent of the support from African-Americans in North Carolina in the 2008 election, compared with just 5 per cent for Republican nominee John McCain.
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In PPP’s May poll, Obama received 87 per cent of the African-American vote to Romney’s 11 per cent.
All of Obama’s numbers with African-Americans are sliding. His approval rating is down from 86 per cent to 77 per cent. Romney’s favorability, meanwhile, has doubled from 9 per cent to 18 per cent.
Jim Williams, a polling analyst at PPP, said it could be “statistical noise” that comes with a small sample (only about 200 African-Americans were surveyed). But he said it was not something the agency has “ever seen before.”
“70-something per cent is obviously low,” Williams told Business Insider. “It’s not something we’ve ever seen before. It’s definitely something we’re going to monitor.”
Williams added the obvious: If the results keep turning up like this, it would be “very bad news for him.”
The decline in African-American support for Obama follows the general trend of voters in North Carolina. A month ago, Obama led Romney by a point. Two months ago, Obama led by 5 points. Romney has also swung the important Independent vote to his side — turning a 13-point deficit in April into a one-point lead in June.
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