NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – It appears as though North Carolina voters are split in their support of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as we enter the last stretch for the 2012 presidential elections, according to the latest Elon University Poll.
Poll results show both candidates claim 45 percent of the vote, while 5 percent remain undecided.
According to a press release from the university, the most recent telephone poll of 1,238 likely voters was conducted last week and has a margin of error of 2.79 percentage points.
Of those polled, respondents said Obama was better able to handle national security, health care, foreign relations and immigration while Romney outperformed the President in the area of the economy.
According to Elon University, Obama is polling much stronger with those who voted early. But, of those who have not voted yet, the challenger holds and advantage.
"The economy is the most prominent issue of the election and is an important reason why Mitt Romney is in a tight race with the incumbent president," said Kenneth Fernandez, director of the Elon University Poll in a press release. "But respondents also seem to have a growing optimism about the economy. More people believe the economy will improve over the next year, and those optimists are more likely to vote for Barack Obama."
Overall, the poll showed young voters in North Carolina tend to favor Obama, while older voters show more support for Romney.
In a conference call, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said these results go along with their research as well.
"The race is tied," Jim Messina said Monday morning. "We believe on the ground we can win it."
Here are the totaled responses to some of the questions asked.
ON THE ISSUES
North Carolina likely voters cited Obama as best able to handle many different issues - most pronounced were foreign relations and health care - with the exception of the economy, which Romney was seen as better able to address.
The candidate best able to handle each issue:
Economy: Romney (52 percent) versus Obama (42 percent) Relations with Other Countries: Obama (52 percent) versus Romney (42 percent) Health Care: Obama (50 percent) versus Romney (43 percent) Immigration: Obama (47 percent) versus Romney (45 percent) National Security: Obama (47 percent) versus Romney (46 percent)
Obama narrowly edged out Romney among North Carolina likely voters when asked which candidate best shares their values and which candidate has the clearer path for addressing the nation's problems.
Which candidate shares your values more closely? Obama: 47 percent Romney: 45 percent
Which candidate is more honest and trustworthy? Obama: 46 percent Romney: 38 percent
Which candidate has the clearer plan for addressing the country's problems? Obama: 45 percent Romney: 41 percent
Which candidate would be more likely to raise taxes on the middle class? Romney: 49 percent Obama: 37 percent
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