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N.C. residents give Obama high marks in poll

Posted March 20, 2009

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— President Barack Obama has a 61 percent approval rating among North Carolina residents, who support his efforts to revive the economy and end the war in Iraq, according to a poll released Friday.

The Elon University Poll surveyed 620 adults statewide Monday through Thursday and found that the majority of people also think the North Carolina General Assembly is doing a good job. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

About 58 percent of those surveyed said they approved of Obama's handling of the nation's economic crisis, while 29 percent disapproved. More than 70 percent of respondents ranked the economy and unemployment as the most pressing issue facing the state.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents said they believe the country is headed in the right direction, while 53 percent said the U.S. has gone off on the wrong track.

Almost two-thirds of those surveyed support Obama's handling of the Iraq war, and about 69 percent agree with his decision to withdraw most U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they don't think the war in Iraq was worth the fight.

Regarding the General Assembly, 56 percent of those surveyed said they thought lawmakers are doing a good job, and people gave slightly higher approval ratings for their individual representative or senator.

Democrats received higher approval ratings in the poll that Republicans, 53 percent to 41 percent. The leadership in both the House and Senate had a 50 percent approval rating.

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  • Eduardo1 Mar 23, 2009

    I thought that this was a dead issue. No GOLO Hot Topics vote, How come it is still a feature?

  • blueridgerunner Mar 20, 2009

    Wow all this because WRAL decided to make a headline out of Elon's survey of a very tiny portion of the states population. Slow news day. Is there media bias? The answer is... absolutely.

  • ignc73 Mar 20, 2009

    "What was the racial break-down of those poled? I haven't talked to anyone in the last 30 days who had anything positive to say about Obama."

    The racial breakdown is irrelevant.

    I've said several positive things about Obama in the past 30 days, so you're lying.

    It's spelled "polled". Good luck with your English classes.

  • ThisIsMyName Mar 20, 2009

    "I haven't talked to anyone in the last 30 days who had anything positive to say about Obama."

    That sounds scientific to me... NOT.

  • ThisIsMyName Mar 20, 2009

    WRAL is the one that states in the disclaimer it's for entertainment purposes. Try reading for a change.

  • ThisIsMyName Mar 20, 2009

    Worland, actually that makes no sense. A $100,000 loss out of 2 Million isn't so bad as lets stay you lost half of your investment. Someone people that might only have had $20k invested and lost $10k would be a big hit to them.

    So, stating half or some fraction in this case IS more important.

  • livinggood2 Mar 20, 2009

    Go and look at Wrals own Poll,then look at comments,they say its just for entertainment.Save us and go to http://www.teapartyday.com/

  • whatusay Mar 20, 2009

    No one poled me. What was the racial break-down of those poled? I haven't talked to anyone in the last 30 days who had anything positive to say about Obama. I don't believe this.

  • Worland Mar 20, 2009

    "Worland, who cares about the actual amount you lost? Is that suppose to impress us?"--Thisismyname

    No. I've found over the years relaying the actual number of something is a far more effective means of communication than saying something abstract such as "1/4, half, some, most". Actually stating my losses in the market was not meant to impress you. It was used to "impress upon" you the suffering of those who have lost everything in a medium everyone can understand (money).

  • lizard Mar 20, 2009

    "Thirty-nine percent of respondents said they believe the country is headed in the right direction, while 53 percent said the U.S. has gone off on the wrong track."

    All this while BO has a 61% approval rating? I'd say most people are definitely NOT paying attention. Who do they think has been in charge the last 60 days (2 years for Congress)?

    More Obamamania.

    BTW - dems have been in charge of the State,,, forever.

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