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Poll: Burr, Hagan, Perdue get low marks

Posted February 26, 2010

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— The approval ratings for U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan and Gov. Beverly Perdue all hover around 40 percent, according to a poll released Friday, and a majority of North Carolina residents think Burr should be voted out in this fall's election.

The Elon University Poll surveyed 508 residents statewide this week and also found that President Barack Obama has a higher approval rating than any North Carolina elected official. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Burr's approval rating among those surveyed was 40 percent, and 37 percent said they were dissatisfied with his representation on Capitol Hill. Twenty-four percent of respondents said he deserves to be re-elected in November, while 51 percent said it was time for someone else to represent North Carolina in Washington, D.C.

Still, most of the candidates lined up to replace Burr are unknown. With the exception Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, three-quarters or more of respondents don't know much about the other candidates for Burr's U.S. Senate seat.

“Despite the primary being a little more than 60 days away, people are simply not familiar with the candidates,” Hunter Bacot, director of the Elon University Poll, said in a statement. “Those polled do not like the candidates they are familiar with. It is just not a good year to be a politician and running for office.”

Hagan, who doesn't face re-election for another four years, had similarly low numbers in the poll. Her approval rating was 40 percent, and 40 percent said they were dissatisfied with her representation.

Perdue had a 41 percent approval rating among those surveyed.

Meanwhile, Obama's approval rating in the poll was 50 percent, and more people thought he would do a better job addressing the nation's problems than Congress.

Respondents gave Congress a 19 percent approval rating, and nearly two-thirds said they had little or no confidence in the House of Representatives or the Senate. While 36 percent of those surveyed said Obama would handle national issues the best, only 29 percent said Republicans in Congress would do a better job and just 12 percent said Democrats in Congress would. Eighteen percent said none of them would handle pressing issues adequately.

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  • mrschizzy Feb 26, 2010

    "The Elon University Poll surveyed 508 residents statewide....."

    "You guys at Elon are hilarious! Just poll 508 North Carolina residents and you call that a polling? Please....."
    -ncsufamily24

    Exactly...only 508 out of a population exceeding 9 million people? Get real...that is anything but representative and is definitely NOT a statistically significant poll. Can't give any weight to this...it shouldn't even be front page news!

  • Awake in Wake Feb 26, 2010

    jgriffith3792 - The United States is going down the drain fast. I cannot see myself voting for any incumbent. What have the Republicans done for you other than contribute to this huge mess? I saw what 8 years of George W. Bush and 6 years of Republican control of Congress did to this country. I cannot say that I am impressed by the Democrats so far, but Obama has had only a little more than 1 year to clean up a pretty big mess. I am a former Republican that refuses to watch America self-destruct. My country matters more to me than partisan politics. I will support anyone with intelligent ideas to get us out of this mess before it is too late.

  • MarcoPolo Feb 26, 2010

    Hagan is a tool for the DNC. She doesn't even bother reading any of the bills that she votes for which is why she doesn't respond to her constituents. I wonder how this woman spends her time - she does nothing.

  • 6079 SMITH W Feb 26, 2010

    Yeah, how ABOUT that whole amnesty thing that President Reagan blessed us with....THAT sure worked out OK, huh?

  • hdew2 Feb 26, 2010

    If you send Burr a email about a issue he will respond by letter on the matter and if voted on, how he voted. Email Hagen and you get a email back saying she will get back to you later and that's the last you hear.

  • Prancy Feb 26, 2010

    I agree Tommys5. I don't believe these so called polls. Most citizens have no idea what their elected officials are doing. Many citizens don't know the difference in the 3 branches of government or the names of their elected officials, so i am suspect of them having a fact based opinion regarding their satisfaction level.

  • pbjbeach Feb 26, 2010

    I dont beleive in the idea of the blind leading the blind but that is what has been taking place in the political areana for some time now. I have in the past voted for a reublican but i will never every do so again. i voted for REGAN BUT BURR ISN'T A REGAN AN NO WHERE CLOSE TO IT HE NEEDS TO DRUMED OUT OF OFFICE JUST AS THE PEOPLE OF NC SHOWED ELIZIBETH DOLE THE DOOR THEY NOW NEED TO SHOW MR BURR THE DOOR FOR HIS ONLY INSTREST IS NOT IN THE HELPING OF THE INDIVSUAL PEOPLE OF THE STATE BUT MORE SO ALONG THE LINES OF SUCKING UP TO THE BUSINESS COMMOUNITY AN THEIR LOBBYIST FOR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS THANK YOU

  • ncsufamily24 Feb 26, 2010

    "The Elon University Poll surveyed 508 residents statewide....."

    You guys at Elon are hilarious! Just poll 508 North Carolina residents and you call that a polling? Please.....

  • Deacons Feb 26, 2010

    Hagan, you better not vote for that healthcare bill in a reconcialtion vote or in any vote for that matter or I will work as hard as I can to make sure you do NOT get re-elected.

  • miketroll3572 Feb 26, 2010

    Where did they conduct this poll...chapel hill?

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