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Poll: North Carolinians think country on wrong track

Posted October 30, 2009

North Carolina voters are not very happy with their representation and tend to think the country is on the wrong track, a poll released Friday by Elon University shows.

Elon polled more than 700 randomly selected adults between Monday and Thursday, asking if they approved of the job being done by President Barack Obama, Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr and Gov. Bev Perdue.

Almost 60 percent of those polled said they think things in the country are on the wrong track; 38.9 percent felt strongly that the county is headed in the wrong direction. Their reasons seemed to be rooted in the recession, with 50.7 percent citing the economy as the most important issue facing North Carolina.

Almost half of those polled, 47 percent, said they disapprove of the job being done by Perdue. She had only a 36 percent approval rating.

The president did not fare much better, but sentiment was almost equally split. Fifty-three percent of North Carolinians said they approve of the job Obama is doing; 44 percent disapprove.

Those polled had the greatest level of confidence in the president among their elected representatives. When asked whom they trusted to do the best job, Obama ranked first, with 34.6 percent; Congressional Republicans were named second, with 26 percent. More than 20 percent of those polled volunteered that they did not trust the president or Congress to address the main issues facing the nation.

The poll also tested sentiment about the war in Afghanistan and found North Carolinians very divided on the issue. Forty-seven percent said the war is worth fighting; 43 percent said it is not worth it. Forty-seven percent oppose sending more troops; 42 percent support it.


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  • 6079 SMITH W Oct 30, 2009

    "In most communities it is illegal to cry "fire" in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?" OR "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exist and will persist" Dwight Eisenhower

  • kamufm Oct 30, 2009

    Term limits!


    BOTH for Congress and Senate !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 6079 SMITH W Oct 30, 2009

    "War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it" OR "All the war propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting" George Orwell

  • oldrebel Oct 30, 2009

    Not sure about whether we're on the right or wrong track, but I do know some of these blasted potholes on the roads I travel could swallow a person if they stepped into one unawares.

  • ladyblue Oct 30, 2009

    cannot wait until Sentar Burr gets voted out in 2010 and replaced with a Democrat!!! It will be the greatest thing! The horrible direction of the country is 100% caused by the Grand Oil Party. There is simply no one else to blame, well, except those yokels that vote for the Grand Oil Party!

    It's thinkig as this that we wish would stay home on election day. don't vote on the party but the person please.

  • donnied1952 Oct 30, 2009

    Listen People,
    MONEY, is power.... Enough said.
    Put your money where your mouth and keyboard is.
    Stick with the people that fill the way you do, there is strenght in numbers..
    Start standing up for right and wrong, and when something is wrong, point it out and quit saying everything will be alright, because we see that it is not.
    Remember what your parents told you about people and how they are.
    Be proud of whom you are and quit trying to be something that you are not. Most important, REMEMBER your history and all those that died to keep the NORTH from taxing us 40%, because we are headed in that direction again. Rally together boys and "WE WILL WIN" again.... CSA

  • Thought Criminal WS Oct 30, 2009

    During Clinton's term I could not afford health coverage & I was denied financial aid. Under Bush I was able to get a job working for the state in a warehouse depot. I was able to get health care. I paid the same rate roughly for the last 4 years.

    My health insurance has increased twice this year, since Obama came to office and toyed with health care, costing me out of pocket an additional $1100 per year, and my coverages have declined in benefits.

    $1100 Dollars is change I want back... do you think I can count on THAT change?

  • skeeter II Oct 30, 2009

    Only those with "land line" telephones are included in these polls! No one knows how many have only cell phones. Many people in their 20's and 30's only have cell phones (including my three children, grandchild and her husband) and the opinions of these people might be very different from those included in the poll.

    You never hear anything about this "problem" with the polls, but the results could be drastically different from the results reported.

  • 1carpe Oct 30, 2009

    I guess this is the Mako Carpe debate today. I admit to doing a poor job of defining numbers, I was referring to Bush's military increases in spending. I totally agree he was way out of line on increasing domestic spending, hence the numbers of ugly letters I wrote him.

    Don't know what I said that would lead you to believe I voted for OB. Yes I am a registered Republican who as a conservative quit giving money to that party about six years ago.

    I cannot find one comment I have made saying OB is for Afganistan.

    Enjoyed our discussion today, take care, and good posts.

  • Cricket at the lake Oct 30, 2009

    Mako, Obama has written 2 books about himself, before he ever became president, and what has he ever done but be a community organizer in his life before that? That is weird. And yes, those books reveal everything about his communist friends in college and his socialist sympathies. And did he write the second book or did William Ayers?