Close Race for Presidency in Michigan, New Hampshire and North Carolina
New polls released on Friday show that President Obama and Mitt Romney are neck and neck in three of the key battleground states. At this point, Obama is holding a slight edge in North Carolina and Michigan, while in New Hampshire the race is tied.
Obama leads Michigan by 4% among the registered voters, including voters listed as undecided, but leaning towards one of the candidates. North Carolina voters have the President in front by 2%, which is the margin of error in the survey. In New Hampshire, the two are tied with 45% apiece.
In the 2008 election, Obama won both New Hampshire and Michigan, which in previous election had been competitive states. Obama however won the two decisively with victory margins in double-digits in 2008. He also won North Carolina, which is usually a very reliable Republican state. His margin of victory in North Carolina was just 14,000 votes.
In the three states, the approval rating for Obama is near the 50%, with 48% approving of his work in Michigan and 42% disapproving. In New Hampshire his approval rating is 47% against 45% disapproval, and 47% approve and the same amount disapprove of his work in North Carolina.
The approval rating for Romney however, is upside down in all but one of the three states. In Michigan, 37% have a favorable impression of Massachusetts’ former governor and 43% hold an unfavorable outlook. In North Carolina, the rating for Romney is 40% in favor and 42% not in favor. In New Hampshire, his favorable rating of 45% is equal to his unfavorable rating.