Both Candidates Improve Standing with Base
Raleigh, NC – After solidifying the Democratic nomination for President, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has pulled to within four points of Republican nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in North Carolina according to the Civitas Institute’s June DecisionMaker poll results released today.
Among all voters, Sen. McCain leads Sen. Obama 45-41, a net pickup of one point over last month’s poll which had McCain leading 44-39. Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr, included for the first time in this month’s poll, received two percent support. Twelve percent were undecided.
“Both Senator McCain and Senator Obama improved their numbers over last month by solidifying the support of their party’s base voters,” said Francis DeLuca, Executive Director of the Civitas Institute. “Obama increased his support among Democrats by five percent, while McCain increased his support among Republicans by three percent.”
Obama is still struggling to connect with white voters, garnering only 31% of their votes, although that is an improvement over May’s poll which had him at 27% among whites. Obama is receiving 87% of support of African-American voters.
Previous Civitas Poll results:
February – McCain 46, Obama 36
April – McCain 48, Obama 39
May – McCain 44, Obama 39
Click here for full results and crosstabs.
The study of 600 registered voters was conducted June 11-13 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Virginia. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters we interviewed had to have voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general election or were newly registered voters since 2006. The voters were interviewed using live callers.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95% of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +/- 4.0% of the “True Values.” “True Values” refer to the results obtained if were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2006.