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Poll: Slight Majority Approves of Dole's Performance

Posted February 25, 2008

— A slight majority of North Carolina residents approve of how Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole is handling her job and are satisfied with her representation of the state, according to the latest Elon University Poll.

Residents gave low performance marks to President George W. Bush and to Congress as a whole.

Fifty-one percent of respondents said they approve or strongly approve of Dole’s performance.

The poll, conducted Feb. 18-21 by the Elon University Institute for Politics and Public Affairs, surveyed 764 North Carolina residents.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points and was weighted by gender. The sample represents the population in general and does not restrict respondents by their voter eligibility or their likelihood of voting in an election.

As for Dole’s re-election bid this fall:

  • Plan to vote for Dole: 37 percent
  • Plan to vote against Dole: 25 percent
  • Too early to tell or don’t know: 37 percent

Of those citizens planning to vote against her, 81 percent have not decided on the candidate they will support to oppose Dole in the fall general election.

“While Senator Dole receives decent reviews from North Carolinians overall, the Bush presidency is tempering her support a bit in the state, and this could prove a liability as she runs for reelection this fall,” said Hunter Bacot, director of the Elon University Poll.

Turning to the president and Congress, respondents approve or strongly approve of the way Bush:

  • Handles his overall job as president: 36 percent
  • Handles the economy: 35 percent
  • Handles the war in Iraq: 35 percent

Fifty-seven percent disapprove or strongly disapprove of his overall job.

Respondents rated Congress likewise. Fifty-one percent said they have no confidence or not much confidence in Congress, while 46 percent indicated that their confidence in Congress has decreased.

With regard to the main issues facing the country, 44 percent of citizens trust "the Democrats in Congress" to do a better job than Bush. Thirty-three percent trust Bush to do a better job.

Citizens of North Carolina are more mixed in what they expect to be accomplished in Washington this year. Fifty-two percent of respondents expect Congress will accomplish nothing at all or not too much, and 45 percent feel that Congress will accomplish some, a good amount, or a great deal this year.

“While both Congress and the president are not rated very highly, prospects appear more bleak than usual for this administration, as it isn’t very often that you see people rating Congress higher than the president,” Bacot said.


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  • motorfinga Feb 25, 2008

    What has Dole done?

    Remain obedient to Bush and worship every ignorant word that slips from his mouth.

  • x Feb 25, 2008

    What has this woman really done for NC? Her website leaves me cold. Can't we field a new republican candidate? Polls aside, the real voters are ready for a change.

  • Weetie Feb 25, 2008

    I for one, will be very happy for her to get OUT of office.

  • wjcspanteach Feb 25, 2008

    Hmm -- this forum is always over run with Conservatives bad mouthing liberals at every corner. Wonder where they are now --- maybe they realize that they really don't have much to say to defend Sen. Dole. I looked on Sen. Dole's webpage -- she did introduce a bill to the senate that would allow for direct deposits of Tax Refunds (I've been getting my refund directly deposited for years). Not sure of the specifics or anything --- but that was pretty much it. She spoke about Bush's budget, voted for stimulus package, etc. That was all I saw in three months. Didn't go far back -- but will do and get back to you to let you know what, if anything, she has done.

  • nisa-pizza Feb 25, 2008


    "What exactly has she done?"

    I saw her doing a photo op in some work boots out in some farmer's field picking something sometime last year.

    She helped that farmer out that day. Of course the fact that the media trampled the rest of the crop trying to get her a good picture of her probably set the farmer back some.

  • Eduardo1 Feb 25, 2008

    WOW! A slight majority of North Carolina residents....which means that about 400 of 764 "residents" polled spoke for me and the millions of us legal residents of North Carolina. I say it again WOW! What party were these people affiliated with? What was the What was the age of this group surveyed. what was the economic background of those surveyed? Do you remember the poll in NH last month. day before the vote, Obama up by 20, and Hillary beat the pants off of him. As a political Independent, I am not speaking for or against Sen. Dole, or President Bush, I just do not put give any credence in such a small number surveyed.. I live in a community of about pop 20,000. 764 MIGHT be a decent poll number for our community, and I do repeat MIGHT!

  • Glass Half Full Feb 25, 2008

    I'm not usually very politically motivated but I can't wait for the opportunity to vote against Elizabeth Dole. John Edwards didn't represent North Carolina and neither does Elizabeth Dole. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to vote for someone who may actually go to Washington and represent North Carolina's citizens!!!

  • Space Mountain Feb 25, 2008

    What exactly has she done?

  • foetine Feb 25, 2008

    Elizabeth Dole is a Washington D.C. resident. Everytime she decides it's time to visit North Carolina, it's a "get out the fancy silverware, Libby's coming to town!" moment. The fact that we had to put on a Dog and Pony Show to protect our bases for closure shows how weak she is. Think Jesse Helms would have needed to do more than make a phone call to the Pentagon and say, "Are you kidding me?" to get action. Face the simple fact, if Elizabeth Dole isn't re-elected, she's not returning to North Carolina with Bob. She's not doing the true business of the people of North Carolina. She's a distant relative that moved away and just shows up to collect checks from the locals.

  • geosol Feb 25, 2008

    Dole's not bad, but she's definitely vulnerable right now due to her strong alliance with GW Bush. Edwards would do better serving North Carolinians if he ran against her and got that seat back for the Democrats.