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President Barack Obama is rapidly losing support among  African-American voters in North Carolina, a new poll out today from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy  Polling shows.

The poll finds that Mitt Romney would get 20  percent of the African-American vote if the election were held today, compared  with 76 percent for Obama. Overall, Romney has a 48 percent to 46  percent lead on Obama in the crucial swing state.

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.

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In PPP's May poll, Obama received 87 percent of the African-American vote to  Romney's 11 percent.

All of Obama's numbers with African-Americans are sliding. His approval  rating is down from 86 percent to 77 percent. Romney's favorability, meanwhile,  has doubled from 9 percent to 18 percent.

Jim Williams, a polling analyst at PPP, said it could be "statistical noise"  that comes with a small sample (only about 200 African-Americans were surveyed).  But he said it was not something the agency has "ever seen before."

"Seventy-something percent is obviously low," Williams told Business  Insider. "It's not something we've ever seen before. It's definitely  something we're going to monitor."

Williams added the obvious: If the results keep turning up like this, it  would be "very bad news for him."

The decline in African-American support for Obama follows the general trend  of voters in North Carolina. A month ago, Obama led Romney by a point. Two  months ago, Obama led by 5 points. Romney has also  swung the important Independent vote to his side — turning a 13-point deficit in  April into a one-point lead in June.