I live in NC. I live in the County, but had an opportunity to drive around “the City” - Greensboro - extensively today. In 2008 we lived in Greensboro. Our neighborhood, which would be considered middle class/upper middle class (golf course, etc.) had Obama yard signs in every other yard. Today I went through that same neighborhood - not a one. In my tour I found exactly 4 Obama signs, 3 in the city, 1 in the county. I found 40+ Romney signs. Downtown (in otherwords, black neighborhoods), the African braiding shops and pawn shops and gentlemen’s clubs have creative Obama signs. Interestingly enough there are a lot more down ballot signs than presidential signs and those signs are almost entirely for Republican candidates. If you count signs, McCrory has already won the race. In one instance, I saw an Obama sign and a McCrory sign in the same yard. On the drive to school this morning, I counted six new Romney signs. I don’t know on the national level, but any poll that shows Obama ahead in NC is pure BS.
Likewise, in Tennessee (where I have a second home). The only place there are any Obama signs are around college campuses and in certain neighborhoods in Memphis.
In both states, the yard signs and bumper sticker count for Obama is dramatically lower than in 2008.
Here’s another yard sign anecdote: my primary residence is in the 2st Congressional District of Virginia, one of the “reddest” parts of the state (usually rated as an R+7 district). Currently, the GOP HQ in my area has a two-week waiting list for Romney yard signs, while signs for George Allen and the local congressman, Rob Wittman are readily available.
Yes, it’s a very conservative area, but no one has seen enthusiasm like this in a long, long time. The vendor literally can’t keep up with demand, and it’s the same way in adjoining areas as well. Either the Romney campaign hired an incompetent firm to produce their yard signs, or the state of Virginia will turn red again this November.
I will be in your neck of the woods (Greensboro Airport to Winston-Salem in a few weeks. It will be interesting to do a sign count that much closer to the election.