Obama secured North Carolina in 2008 with 14,000 votes. And the black vote accounted for a considerable sum, as 95 percent of all African-Americans in the state voted for Obama. However, according to the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling group, the President’s landmark voter segment has become rather conflicted — especially in the key swing-state of North Carolina.
The poll found that Mitt Romney would garner 20 percent of the black vote if today was the election; 76 percent would vote for Obama.
The survey notes, “Obama received 95 percent of the support from African-Americans in North Carolina in the 2008 election, compared with just 5 percent for Republican nominee John McCain.”
Of course, Obama’s numbers with African-Americans are dropping across the board, as his approval rating has now slipped from 86 percent down to 77 percent. Meanwhile, Romney’s popularity has spiked from 9 percent to 18 percent.
One would think it’s the economy. And, well, unemployment — which, for blacks, far surpasses the nation’s overall 8-percent rate. The fact that Obama endorsed gay marriage probably didn’t help either.
This is big, considering North Carolina’s notable battleground-state status.
Overall, Obama is losing 48 percent to 46 percent in the state.