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Poll: N.C. split on Obama, Perdue, Burr, not Congress

Posted September 24, 2010

— North Carolina residents are fairly evenly divided in their opinions of President Barack Obama, Gov. Beverly Perdue and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, according to a poll released Friday. One thing most can agree on, however, is how much they dislike Congress.

The Elon University Poll surveyed 584 adults statewide between Monday and Thursday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

Forty-seven percent of those polled approve of Obama's job performance, while another 47 percent disapprove. Forty-nine percent said they have a favorable opinion of the president, while 43 percent have an unfavorable opinion.

Likewise, 43 percent of respondents approve of Perdue's job performance, and 44 percent disapprove. Thirty-eight percent said they have a favorable opinion of the governor, while 42 percent have an unfavorable opinion.

For Burr, 37 percent of those surveyed approve of his job performance, compared with 32 percent who disapprove. Yet, only 29 percent said he deserves to be re-elected, while 49 percent said it's time to get someone else in the U.S. Senate.

Who that new senator might be remains a question. Respondents gave Burr better marks than Democratic challenger Elaine Marshall and Libertarian Mike Beitler.

Forty-four percent of those surveyed rate Burr as highly qualified to serve in the Senate, compared with 27 percent for Marshall and 5 percent for Beitler. Three-fourths of respondents said they don't know enough about Beitler to offer an opinion.

Respondents also were split on whether tax cuts passed under former President George W. Bush should be continued or allowed to expire. Forty-three percent favor ending tax cuts for households making more than $250,000 a year while keeping tax cuts for everyone else; 35 percent want to keep tax cuts in place for everyone; and 11 percent would prefer to let the tax cuts expire altogether.

The one issue in the poll that wasn't evenly split was on Congress' job performance. Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they disapprove of the job done by the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, compared with 23 percent who approve.

When asked who was doing the best job handling the major issues facing the nation, Obama was chosen by 32 percent of those surveyed, Republicans in Congress by 22 percent and congressional Democrats by 9 percent. Almost a third said "none of them."


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  • jyhoovii Sep 27, 2010

    *One tax! One tax for everybody! Everybody pays or leave America!
    *I do not like lobbyists influencing (buying)our legislative body, Federal, State and local. Lobbying an elected official is bribing and should be illegal and parties jailed, if not shot!
    *How about a Two-term limit of 3 years per term for representatives. I do not think elective officials should retire on the back of tax-payers.
    *How about a cancellation of all of our trade agreements for a year and then re-negotiated Fair Trade Agreements.
    *I want people to always be able to immigrate to the USA, but I want those rules followed to a "T" by everybody coming. You will know how to speak English, we are an English speaking country, you will want to be an American, you will abide our laws or customs. I should not be afraid of offending a new American because I am celebrating Christmas or Easter, we always celebrate Christmas and are not going to stop just because you decided to move here.

    Oh, nobody polled me!

  • fjedwards1875 Sep 27, 2010

    I take this poll with a grain of salt. Students haven't been in the work force enough to make a sound decision. Wait until they get out of school & try to make it all on their own & the government controls everything they do or say.

  • littleriver69 Sep 27, 2010

    I'll never vote for a spendocrat again. Thats change you can believe in!!

  • 6079 SMITH W Sep 24, 2010

    Vote for hopelessness and stagnation......vote republican! ;)

  • mtnmama Sep 24, 2010

    ncwiseguy: Burr has been the single biggest disappointment in helping the unemployed find jobs or get the benefits they are entitled to. He claims to support it, but his record proves him to be less than truthful. No matter how you view the issue, his dishonesty should be duly noted. I hope & pray that every unemployed citizen will exercise their right to vote & oust him. It is the ONLY POWER WE HAVE & the only way to reciprocate the lack of support he has shown his constituents. I voted him in before, now I'll cast my next vote for his opponent! As will GOP friends and family who have followed his voting record & know he is not being honest in his ads. As for Obama...rather have him than Palin. As for Bev...show her the door, too.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Sep 24, 2010

    For a "president" that was supposed to unify a nation, he sure has done the opposite!!

  • Eduardo1 Sep 24, 2010

    no matter what the results, I have never agreed with the Elon Poll. Not enough numbers to mean anything. Why give this 580 people a major voice?

  • orionsteve Sep 24, 2010

    Vote away democrats. It will not do you any good. The country has seen the destruction caused by liberals and their socialist policies. November 2 is house cleaning day. Say bye bye

  • unclegrits Sep 24, 2010

    "Uncle grits is correct."

    And may you never forget this.

  • awheywego Sep 24, 2010

    Uncle grits is correct. Under democrats we will reach the point of unsustainable national debt much faster and it will be apparent to all but the most rabid idealogue who caused the nation to go bankrupt.

    VOTE DEMOCRAT - they know what is best for all of us.