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Poll: Majority in N.C. dislike Obama's handling of economy

Posted September 27, 2010

— More than half of North Carolina residents disapprove of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy, according to a poll released Monday.

The Elon University Poll surveyed 584 adults statewide from Sept. 20 to Sept. 23. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

While 51 percent of those polled said they disapprove of Obama's efforts to restart the U.S. economy, 44 percent said they approve. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said his policies have made the economy worse, compared with 27 percent who said he has helped improve the economy and 34 percent who said the policies haven't had any effect yet.

Forty-nine percent of respondents said they don't want the government to spend any more money on the economic stimulus effort, while 38 percent support additional stimulus spending. Forty-six percent said the stimulus has had a positive effect on the U.S. economy, while 41 percent said the stimulus has hurt the economy.

Almost half of those polled said they expect their personal financial situation to remain the same in the coming months, while 27 percent expect their situation will improve and 23 percent said they expect things to get worse.

The outlook for North Carolina's economy is bleaker, with 30 percent of those polled predicting worse times in the coming months. Forty-three percent say they expect the state economy to remain about the same, and 25 percent say they expect things will improve.


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  • delilahk2000 Sep 28, 4:56 p.m.


  • mshood7 Sep 28, 1:30 p.m.

    get use to it. There are no lefty heavies on board to cover @33 TODAY!
    Not even a teleprompter in sight. nor a Blackberry. You're on your own. So pleeze..be our guest and post away. ye haw!

  • mshood7 Sep 28, 1:17 p.m.


  • mshood7 Sep 28, 1:15 p.m.

    Tommy...you bet!

  • mshood7 Sep 28, 1:14 p.m.

    He move fastforward with his socialist agenda for bigger govt and more control over the private sector. He forgot about JOBS JOBS JOBS. For one thing Jobs get the economy growing again. For the love of me why would a president put this in the front burner...unless, he's too busy with other issues that call for gov't sponsorship and control, like HealthCare, Education, and trying to fight an engagement in Aghanistan without calling "war' what it is. He's also trying to accomodate Muslims in this country while ignoring the Christian or denouncing his Christian faith. So we have managed to become a debtor Nation, with no respect from around the world. We are less safe that we were under pres. G. Bush, we have numerous terrorists attacks by Islamic Muslim
    ant-Americans who are living in positions here in our country that afford them their surprise assaults from our work places to the Military Camps. This has to stop. If our president Obama can't or won't define our enemy then BRING OUR

  • ncguy Sep 28, 10:43 a.m.

    Oh ya we like the way the "stimulas helped" -NOT!

    has anyone in here actually seen any of that money? not me!

    The 44 percent that were happy? probably entitlement folks or people who are collecting unemployment for what, 2 years now?

    as for the GOP comments- ha that's a laugher- everyone knows that wral and most media are liberals...

  • TheConundrum Sep 27, 6:25 p.m.

    I dislike the way he is handling the economy...I thought he was somewhat of a rationalist. To solve the economic problems we face we must address the overpopulation dilemma. Honestly if a country is able to thrive with such a high unemployment number it means a vast majority of these jobs weren't needed in the first place. We are like the Greek government, creating jobs just to create them and not out of necessity.

  • avnsgm72 Sep 27, 6:22 p.m.

    It seems that the moderator selects mostly GOP leaning comments to post here.

  • avnsgm72 Sep 27, 6:19 p.m.

    584 people are not representative of all NC voters. They were most likely polling more Tea Baggers and GOP robots than they polled Democrats.

  • working for deadbeats Sep 27, 6:16 p.m.

    This story got hidden fast.