Public Policy Polling's latest survey of North Carolina shows new lows for President Barack Obama. Forty-three percent of those polled approve of the president, while 53 percent disapprove. Obama won the Tar Heel State in 2008 by less than 15,000 votes, and while PPP says North Carolina is still in play, it's looking more and more difficult for the president to win it in 2012:
Obama's got 2 big problems: independents and a loss of support with his party base. Only 31% of independent voters think he's doing a good job to 62% who disapprove. He was at an already bad 38/56 a month ago and things have only gotten worse for him. Obama's other issue is that he's losing support from Democrats. He was at 79/16 and now he's down to 75/20. He also has only a 7% approval with Republicans but that's really par for the course at this point- we're well beyond the point where he can expect to get any support across party lines.
Despite Obama's atrocious approval numbers he remains competitive with Rick Perry and Mitt Romney in the state, at least on the surface. He's tied with Perry at 46% and holds the smallest of advantages over Romney at 45-44. Those numbers aren't as rosy for Obama as they appear to be though. Only 5% of the undecideds in the Perry match up approve of him to 83% who disapprove and on the generic legislative ballot they support Republicans by a 57-21 margin. It's a similar story in the match up with Romney. The undecideds there disapprove of Obama by a 10/81 spread and support a generic Republican 62-14. When those folks come off the fence they're going to be voting GOP which means if the election was today Obama would lose the state.