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Poll: NC split on Obama jobs bill

Posted October 3, 2011

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— North Carolina residents are fairly evenly divided over President Barack Obama's $447 billion plan to create jobs, according to a poll released Monday.

The Elon University Poll surveyed 594 people statewide last week and found that 36 percent want their representatives in Congress to vote the proposal down, while 35 percent called for congressional support of the measure. More than one in four are undecided.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Obama's American Jobs Act calls for lowering payroll taxes for individuals and businesses, tax credits for hiring and investment and higher taxes on large corporations and the wealthy. During a visit to Raleigh last month, the president said the proposal would benefit 170,000 North Carolina businesses and would put thousands of teachers, construction workers and others back to work.

“Given the current economic situation and levels of unemployment in the state, citizens are paying close attention to any proposal that may bring jobs and economic stability to the state,” Mileah Kromer, assistant director of the Elon University Poll, said in a statement. “For the president, the jobs bill isn’t just about growing the economy, it’s also about convincing voters that he deserves another four years in office.”

According to the poll, the majority of North Carolina residents wouldn't give Obama another term in next year's election.

Fifty-one percent said they disapprove of his overall performance, with 57 percent saying they don't like the way he has handled the economy. Forty-two percent of respondents said they approve of Obama's job performance, but only 37 percent said he has done an acceptable job with the economy.

Twice as many people – 44 percent to 22 percent – said Obama's economic policies have made conditions in the U.S. worse rather than better, with 31 percent responding that the policies have had no effect on the nation's economy. Almost two-fifths said they expect the economy to get worse in the coming months.

More than a third of those polled say they are worse off economically than a year ago, compared with just 18 percent for whom things have improved. Still, only 21 percent say they expect things to get worse in the coming year, while 39 percent say their situation will improve.

“Presidential re-election rates are closely tied to the real and perceived health of the national economy,” Kromer said. “With more than a third of North Carolinians saying they are worse off than they were last year and half of them disapproving of Obama’s management of the national economy, President Obama will face a tough re-election battle in the Tar Heel State if economic conditions fail to improve over the next year.”

Those polled had even harsher opinions of Capitol Hill, with 82 percent saying they disapprove of the way Congress does its job. Republicans hold a slim lead over Democrats – 31 to 28 percent – as to who is doing a better job, but more than a third of respondents said neither party has much to boast about.

About 42 percent said they approve of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr's job performance, while 38 percent gave U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan a thumbs-up for her performance, according to the poll. U.S. House members from North Carolina have a 43 percent approval rating among those polled.

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  • driverkid3 Oct 4, 2011

    obama burned us once with the "health care" bill. I, for one, choose NOT to believe him on this one also. The man is a stone faced liar and will continue to be. I can't stand to watch him or listen to him anymore. I don't understand all the fawning and drooling over every word that comes out of his lying mouth; it seems like some people have lost their minds over him.

  • skeeter II Oct 4, 2011

    Wonder what was the specific question that was asked in the poll? Was this a question that only required a "Yes" or "No" answer? Sometimes the wording "leads" the person to answer a certain way.
    Also, since the people that only have a cell phone (no land line) were probably not included in the poll, the results are not as believable as if those with only cell phone were included. Makes you wonder how "accurate" the results are. The results of the poll are different from what people are saying.
    Elon should disclose how the poll was taken -- how the people who were called were selected, what the questions were, how many refused to answer and were replaced by others, what day or days and time of day or days that the poll was "taken".
    Without knowing this, the poll could be "slanted" and no one would know.
    Wonder what percentage of people in NC only have cell phones and would not be included in the "universe" available to participate in the Elon poll?
    Don't have much faith in the poll.

  • jdupree Oct 3, 2011

    HALF THINK IT'S BAD AND THE OTHER HALF THINK IT'S REAL BAD.

  • 5Rs Oct 3, 2011

    "blindly dancing with the Devil (top 1%)" - LambeauSouth

    Do you really mean that the creators of Berkshire-Hathaway, Microsoft, GOOGLE, and so forth, people who have created hundreds of thousands of jobs, are the Devil? Please rethink.

  • 5Rs Oct 3, 2011

    "Is North Carolina THAT stupid to be split on this bill?" - BANMD

    There is no bill to be split on. There is only a "psuedo-plan" - talking points for Ocandidate's re-election campaign.

    So since there is no bill, the poll is without substance, just like Obama's "bill". is.

  • 5Rs Oct 3, 2011

    "The right wingers on this board are hilarious but at the same time it is disturbing to read their completely uninformed postings." - viking416

    Thanks. Hadn't realized that Lambeau, ger, Plenty were right wingers until you pointed it out.

  • jrfergerson Oct 3, 2011

    finishing my comment: . Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader.Mr. Nixon and Clinton lied to save their backsides. But in the case of Obama, he lies because he is a liar.He doesn't only lie to cover his misdeeds -- he lies to get his way. He lies to belittle others and to make himself look presentable at their expense. He lies about his faith, his associations, his mother, his father and his wife. He lies and bullies to keep his background secret. His lying is congenital and compounded by socio-psychological factors of his life.
    As the stock markets were crashing, taking with them the remaining life saving of untold tens of thousands, Obama was hosting his own birthday celebration, which was an event of epicurean splendidness and this type reflected his pure lack of respect for the people
    The U.S. Capitol and the White House were built with the intent of bringing awe and respect to America and her people.The people of A

  • jrfergerson Oct 3, 2011

    My comment: borrowed from Mychale Massie of World Net Daily Exclusive commentary posted Aug 8, 2011 Three significant historical events have been eclipsed by Obama: 1) Jimmy Carter will no longer be looked upon as the worst President in American history; 2) Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton will no longer be recognized as the greatest liars in Presidential history; 3) Clinton's stain on Monica's dress, and what that did to the White House in general and the office of the President specifically, will forever pale in comparison to the stain and stench of Obama.
    I need not spend much time on the failure of Obama as President. His tenure has been a failure on every measurable level. So much so, in fact, that some of the staunchest, most respected liberal Democrats and Democratic supporters have not only openly criticized him -- some even more harshly than this essayist -- but they have called for him to step down. Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishones

  • Nancy Oct 3, 2011

    viking, you're confused, I don't watch TV, except NFL, heck I even read the Washington Post online daily.

    Keep making assumptions, it just exposes you.

  • whatusay Oct 3, 2011

    viking416...good point. That's why I listen to FOX...fair and balanced news. I also turn to MSNBC when I need a good laugh.

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