The Civitas Institute poll, which earlier this month gave Attorney General Roy Cooper an unlikely 10-point lead over Gov. Pat McCrory, has made a course correction in its latest survey.
Last week the conservative organization found McCrory leading Cooper 45-40. Eleven percent said they were undecided or lean one way or the other, and 3 percent support Libertarian Lon Cecil.
The margin of error in the poll was plus or minus 4 percentage points, and so these latest results are more in line with what the past several surveys have found: Both candidates remain virtually tied. The average of the four most recent polls puts them both at 42.5 percent.
The poll was taken two weekends ago, and it included 600 registered, likely voters from throughout the state, 30 percent of whom were reached on cell phones.