NEWS13 EXCLUSIVE: Trump has 3-point lead over Biden in North Carolina

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Former President Donald Trump holds a 3-point lead over incumbent Joe Biden among North Carolina voters, according to a new Emerson College poll.

Trump has a 47% to 44% advantage over Biden, though nearly 10% of voters are still undecided. Trump also has a slight advantage in independent voters with a 43% edge to Biden’s 40%.

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Biden has a huge lead in young voters, garnering 53% to just 35% for Trump in voters aged 18-29, but Trump has comfortable leads in voters 60-69 with a 56% to 38% edge and a 52% to 41% lead in voters 70+.

In hypothetical matchups, Trump holds leads over Vice President Kamala Harris with a 50% to 41% advantage and a 49% to 34% edge over California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Voters have their concerns about both Biden and Trump. 58% said Biden’s age raises doubts, while 52% said Trump’s criminal indictments raise serious doubts.

The economy is considered the top issue for 36% of voters, followed by health care (14%), education (12%), immigration (10%), housing affordability (8%), threats to democracy (6%) and abortion access (5%).

Nearly half of voters (47%) think things in North Carolina are on the wrong track, while 32% think things are headed in the right direction. Biden holds a 38% job approval in the state and a 52% disapproval.

44% approve of the job Gov. Roy Cooper has done, while 37% disapprove.

The Emerson College Polling/The Hill North Carolina survey was conducted Feb. 14-16. It was sponsored by Nexstar Media, WBTW News13’s parent company.

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Caleb is a digital producer at News13. Caleb joined the team in January 2023 after graduating from Liberty University. He is from Northern Virginia. Follow Caleb on X, formerly Twitter, and read more of his work here.

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