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Pollster: Obama backlash could hurt N.C. Dems

Posted July 13, 2010

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— Voter animosity toward President Barack Obama could give Republicans control of the General Assembly in November, a polling organization said Tuesday.

Public Policy Polling, which often conducts surveys on behalf of Democratic candidates, said a recent statewide survey shows that voters who are unhappy with Obama's policies and political agenda are planning to vote Republican in state races this fall by an 80 to 6 percent margin.

The PPP poll also shows that the president's approval rating statewide is 46 percent, while 50 percent of respondents said they disapprove of his performance in office.

The combination gives Republicans a 45 to 42 percent advantage on a generic legislative ballot, PPP Director Tom Jensen said.

"Democrats are going to be in big trouble this year if voters can't separate their feelings about Barack Obama from their legislative votes," Jensen said in a statement.

He noted, however, that the elections are still more than three months away, so the political landscape could change.

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  • ThinkChick Jul 14, 2010

    oh i hope so...

    lilybell - enjoy your new HIGHER taxes when the Bush tax cuts expire. It was the Democrat majority voted in in 2006 that created the financial collapse and mounting debt. Try that for an actual fact.

    It was the Democrats' mid-1990 regs in FMae and FMac in mortgage lending to people who could NOT pay them back that led to the meltdown. Try that for a fact.

    It was the Republican stupidity in general that did not stop the spending train. Try that for a fact.

    It is the quadrupling of the national debt under Obama's first eighteen months in office that has the world running from us as an economically viable nation and us and our children looking at crippling taxes for years to come. Try that for a fact.

  • lilybell Jul 14, 2010

    the Bush tax cuts are the biggest (by far) contributor to deficit spending. Seriously, people, try actual facts instead of Faux News BS.

  • saturn5 Jul 14, 2010

    Don't sell NC Dems short. They've earned their voter animosity all on their own. "WHO ARE YOU??!?" Remind you of anyone?

  • lilybell Jul 14, 2010

    what a bunch of wishful thinking on the part of the no nothing and do nothing (except enrich the rich) crowd

  • tommys5 Jul 14, 2010

    REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER

  • Daisygirlforever Jul 14, 2010

    Where are all those Obama bumper stickers now? At least we won't have four more years of this guy.

  • throse3156 Jul 14, 2010

    Please run for Govenor again Pat! I voted for you in the last election and this time you will win by a land slide!

  • GOTTAGO64 Jul 14, 2010

    I WOULD HOPE THAT BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAN SEE THAT THEY (OUR POLITICIANS) ARE SPENDING MORE THAN THIS GENERATION CAN RECOVER FROM. I PITY OUR CHILDREN THAT WILL HAVE NOTHING. ALL THOSE THAT THINK THAT THEY ARE GOING TO GET A FREE LUNCH AND OBAMA IS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THEM ARE GOING TO BE BADLY FOOLED. THERE IS NOTHING FREE, FOR SOMEONE WILL HAVE TO PAY. BUSINESS FOLKS ARE NOT FOOLS. THE POOR ARE STILL GOING TO END UP WITH LESS. FREE HEALTH CARE IS A JOKE. CAP AND TRADE IS ANOTHER WAY TO GET MONEY FOR THE POLITICANS LIKE GORE. REID AND PEOLSI ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF IT. THEY ONLY WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR THEMSELVES. THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO "WE THE PEOPLE". WHY SO MANY BAIL OUTS AND STIMULUS PLANS THAT ONLY CREATE MORE GOVERNMENT AT A COST TO ALL TAXPAYERS? WHAT ABOUT AMMENSTY FOR ALL THE ILLEGALS? WHY ARE THEY HERE IF NOT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SOCIAL SYSTEM. I HOPE MORE STATES ADOPT ARIZONA'S POLICY. WE ALL NEED TO VOTE THE BUMS OUT AND START ANEW THIS AND EVERY ELECTION. W

  • Grumpy Old F__t Jul 14, 2010

    If they have been in the State House for more than 1 term, THROW THEM OUT! While they are beeing "fired" at the ballot box, ID the heads of state-funded Non-profits and require an outside audit to see what these genious minds are doing with our $$$$.

  • jgriffith3792 Jul 14, 2010

    Hopefully more than just NC democrats will feel the Obama backlash.

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