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Poll: Voters pessimistic about economy

Posted October 2, 2008

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— North Carolina voters are pessimistic about the economy, and they're even split on which presidential candidate is better equipped to get the nation back on course, according to a new WRAL News poll.

Polling firm Rasmussen Reports surveyed 700 likely voters statewide Tuesday – the day after the House rejection of a bailout for the U.S. financial industry spurred a major tumble in the stock market – and found that 57 percent rated the U.S. economy as poor and 84 percent said it was getting worse. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The economy is by far the top concern among voters, with 45 percent of respondents calling it the most important issue in the election. Twenty-five percent said national security was most important.

Those surveyed said Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican candidate John McCain were equally capable of managing the economy, but they said McCain was more interested in creating economic growth while Obama was more interested in reducing the gap between rich and poor Americans.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents said creating growth was more important than reducing the income gap.

Obama continues to hold a 3-point lead over McCain, 50 to 47 percent, among North Carolina voters, according to the poll. He also has a slight edge over McCain in favorable ratings among voters statewide, 55 to 52 percent.


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  • mootybird Oct 2, 2008

    Why do people think Obama has a fix for the economy? If you read his Economic Plan carefully there is no job creation anywhere-just a series of giveaways and redistribution of wealth that will have no long-term effect. Why is spending money that we don't have considered an economic plan?

  • bs101fly Oct 2, 2008

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2009 and beyond will fix it!
    Go men!

  • whatelseisnew Oct 2, 2008

    Hey I am loving this mess. I plan on joining the ranks of the libs and stick my hands out for Government largess. Who cares about the economy. Once the Dems hold the white house and both houses of Congress, we will have free housing, free education, free medical care, and free food. Given all that why would you work?

  • mootybird Oct 2, 2008

    I would just as soon have the Three Stooges running our country's finances as Barney Frank, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi. None of the three have a clue as to what is going on.

  • TheAdmiral Oct 2, 2008

    1933 - Roosevelt (D) Signed into law the Glass-Stearns Act preventing banks from being the "One size fits all" bank.

    1976 - Jimmy Carter signs legislation relaxing rules to loan money to minorities, with stipulations for poor people to get them.

    1999 - Bill Clinton dumps the Glass-Stegall act, allowing banks to become whole banks again. At the time of his signature, Sub-Prime Mortgages spike to all time high.

    2002 - The Administration and Senators state that if changes are not made in the loss of the law, Freddie and Fannie will require either support or bail out. Rejected by democrats.

    2006 - Barney Frank and other democrats reported that Freddie and Fannie had no problems.

    2008 - Freddie and Fannie, holding 50% of the nations bad paper, were taken over by the government.

    All of the chips fell at one time.

    So who is to blame?

    2008 - Fann

  • Jeremiah Oct 2, 2008

    liberal bias! the economy is great!

  • jg2007 Oct 2, 2008

    Where was that poll again? Is this CNN or WRAL. It's the same no matter how you look at it. The bailout is not going to work and this hole we are in, we have been digging for along time. If Kerry would have been in office we would still be in this situation only WRAL would blame it on the Rep. controlled senate. PEOPLE it doesn't always have to be Dem. & Rep. Think for yourselfs and research who you vote for.

  • ifcdirector Oct 2, 2008

    No bias in any of these stories. No sir.

  • tgw Oct 2, 2008

    Your right-bs101, the tooth fairy-the Messiah Mr.Obama ia being treated by the media as the second coming. He is CLUELESS on what to do with the economy. Raising taxes to ANYBODY with the economy the way it is is STUPID. The high income business owners are the job creaters. take away part of their income to taxes, watch unemployment go up. I knoww you don't like it and think the business owners are greedy, well-it's their money-no yours-you can't tell them how to spend it.

    Mr. McCain, worts and all, is by far the better choice. He is not another Bush in spite of your retoric. He has always been hs own man-for good or bad.

    I sure would rather Mr. McCain be in the White House if some international event comes down instead of a community organizer who will call Barney Frank or Nancy Pelosi for advice. Or would you rather him call Terrorist Bill Ayers or Rev. Wright for advise. No win. VOTE McCAIN/PALIN

  • Time for the Truth Oct 2, 2008

    94% of Americans are working and the economy is bad-NOT!! The media and the Democrats are saying it is and have been for two years. 4% of Americans don't want to work anyway and the papers are full of jobs-LIBERAL DEMOCRATS LYING AGAIN. And it was the liberal democrats who caused the housing crisis.Gas prices are high because the democrats will not let us build more refineries which will lower gas prices.