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Poll: NC casts skeptical eye at Romney

Posted April 27, 2012

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— North Carolina residents have a far less favorable opinion of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney than they do of President Barack Obama, according to a poll released Friday.

The Elon University Poll surveyed 640 people statewide Sunday through Wednesday and also found residents overwhelmingly reject the idea of unlimited campaign contributions and support higher taxes for wealthy Americans.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

Forty-nine percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of Obama, compared with only 28 percent for Romney. Obama's unfavorable rating was at 42 percent, while Romney's was 43 percent.

The economy is, by far, the most important issue to North Carolina residents. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed cited jobs and unemployment as the biggest issue facing the state, while education was second at 13.2 percent.

Fifty-four percent of respondents said they don't like the way Obama has handled the economy, while only 21 percent said they support the steps the president has taken.

In other issues, the poll found that nearly two-thirds of North Carolina residents believe super PACs, the political groups that can spend unlimited amounts on behalf of candidates they support, should be outlawed. Fifty-three percent said limits should be in place for individual campaign contributions, while 73 percent called for limits on corporate contributions and 69 percent said they want limits on campaign donations by unions.

The so-called "Buffett rule," which would place a 30 percent tax rate on people making more than $1 million a year, is backed by 61 percent of those polled, while 33 percent said they would oppose raising the tax rate on wealthy Americans.


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  • WooHoo2You Apr 27, 2012

    Perhaps the poll was done at the college....with college kids who have no jobs and do not have a clue about what is going on with politics yet.... dollibug

    Or people who realize Romney can't even agree with his own statements / "beliefs" from one day to the next.

  • dollibug Apr 27, 2012

    Perhaps the poll was done at the college....with college kids who have no jobs and do not have a clue about what is going on with politics yet....

  • hp277 Apr 27, 2012

    This is a meaningless poll. They didn't bother to poll registered voters, much less likely voters. It's just 'adults.'.

    And why wouldn't they do a head to head, Obama vs RMoney?

  • dollibug Apr 27, 2012

    So is this the POLL OF HOPE AND CHANGE????????????????????
    Haven't heard about any poll being taken....so who exactly did they poll...and how many actually participated in this poll...
    10 people? 100? 1000? 10000? OK...provide us with REAL FACTS...no bull...

  • wildpig777 Apr 27, 2012

    tween a morman and a closet muslim americas only hope is a write in vote.

  • Painful Truths Apr 27, 2012

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  • straus22 Apr 27, 2012

    Ewan McTeagle:
    Don't you realized that President Obama has kept the Bush Tax Cuts, and given additional tax cuts to working americans. What the President is saying, the rich should pay their fair share. If you are rich and are paying your fair share, you have nothing to worry or talk about. Also, for those that are not paying any federal income taxes, their income is simply too low to qualify for income taxes. Lucky you, your income is high enough that you can pay taxes. That should be a great feeling for you and your wife.

  • josephlawrence43 Apr 27, 2012

    After all the lies and "mis-statements" made by Obama, I'd be surprised if his own Momma would believe anything he had to say. Elon and its 640 interviewees notwithstanding--I think the people of North Carolina are smarter than this...

  • rhess2 Apr 27, 2012

    I find it somewhat amazing what many posts here say about President Obama and Governor Perdue. They obviously favor Mitt Romney for president and Pat McCory for NC governor. Both of those candidates are not for raising taxes for the rich ($2000,00 per yr. and above). I'm assuming the majority of the posts I'm referring to don't fall into that category. Therefore I can't help but wonder why a middle or low income person would support the GOP candidates given their platform. It certainly doesn't seem to be in their best interests.

  • tsquaring Apr 27, 2012

    Obama's secretary paid a higher rate than he did. The so called Buffet rule would not even affect him.