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Poll: NC residents blame Congress for budget impasse

Posted March 1, 2013

— Congress is responsible for the lack of a deal that has resulted in $82 billion in automatic federal spending cuts taking effect Friday, according to a new poll of North Carolina residents.

The Elon University Poll surveyed 891 people statewide Sunday through Thursday about the across-the-board cuts. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.28 percentage points.

Fifty-four percent of those polled blame Congress for the impasse, while 22 percent said President Barack Obama was responsible and 17 percent blamed both sides.

Republicans were blamed slightly more than Democrats – 34 to 28 percent – although 32 percent responded that both parties or neither party was responsible.

β€œThe president seems to be weathering the budget crisis far better than Congress,” Jason Husser, assistant director of the Elon University Poll, said in a statement.

Obama's approval rating is 48 percent, according to the poll, while Congress scored an 11 percent approval rating.

Seventy percent of those polled expressed some worry over the spending cuts, and officials said anxiety over the fiscal crisis varied by age. Although the cuts won't affect Social Security or Medicare, 44 percent of respondents 65 or older said they were very worried about the cuts, compared with 32 percent of those ages 18 to 30.

The survey also found partisan differences in the level of concern. About 43 percent of Democrats said they were very worried, compared with 34 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of Independents.

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  • junkmail5 Mar 1, 7:59 p.m.

    How can this be a scientific or accurate poll when you've got less than half the percentage disagreeing with the president than you do who didn't vote for him?-cjw6105

    Because some people who didn't vote for him might still choose to blame congress rather than the president?

  • cjw6105 Mar 1, 7:56 p.m.

    The Elon Poll needs to get real. They didn't ask ME!

    How can this be a scientific or accurate poll when you've got less than half the percentage disagreeing with the president than you do who didn't vote for him?

    Personally, I think the satisfaction with this president is more like 60%. I can't think of one thing he's done that I agree with, and I'm not a Republican.

  • tiffanyruth Mar 1, 7:56 p.m.

    "Fox News that reports what others won't"

    Ahh yes Fox, an entire network devoted to the republican party. A network that even allows its "reporters" to contribute to the republican party. Nope not biased at all.

    Typical liberal, you cannot even write down the whole sentence to this quote. You libs are afraid of Fox News, because liberals are in control of all other tv news and yet somehow Fox is ALWAYS on top. Keep attacking since that is what you do best.

  • junkmail5 Mar 1, 7:38 p.m.

    Actually, he was referring to the RINOs and spineless Republicans who are unwilling to stand up to Obama.

    timexliving

    no, he really, really wasn't.

    Even when the king of modern journalism, Bob Woodward, is critical of Obama, White House staffer Gene Sperling threatens him in email.-timexliving

    More lies.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/28/bob-woodward-emails-white-house-threat_n_2781052.html?utm_hp_ref=media

  • timexliving Mar 1, 7:22 p.m.

    "You people have got to stop listening to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh." Ken D.

    And you have to stop listening and believing "news" originating from the Obama White House being passed off as journalism through ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, Time, Newseek, New York Times, etc.

    Even when the king of modern journalism, Bob Woodward, is critical of Obama, White House staffer Gene Sperling threatens him in email. We then find out that others in the party faithful are equally threatened, like Lanny Davis, when they stray from the party line. It is you that needs to stop listening to propaganda.

  • junkmail5 Mar 1, 7:16 p.m.

    One of the lead stories on WRAL was the 85Million dollar cut that may come to the military communities which include NC. You fail to mention as part of the story we have a new Sec of State being John Kerry. We as NC citizens including the military face a good part of such said cuts but on ONE of his stops on his first trips he gives away 60million in aid. Anybody else here see a problem?

    TiminNCisBack

    the main problem seems to be you not understanding the State Dept and the Dept of Defense have separate budgets...

  • timexliving Mar 1, 7:14 p.m.

    "When Gov Jindal tells his fellow Republicans they have to stop being "The Stupid Party" he is talking to you!" Ken D.

    Actually, he was referring to the RINOs and spineless Republicans who are unwilling to stand up to Obama.

  • stymieindurham Mar 1, 6:54 p.m.

    ". . . . ONE of his stops on his first trips he gives away 60million in aid. Anybody else here see a problem?" YEAH!!! Who did he GIVE the aid to?!!!

  • stymieindurham Mar 1, 6:52 p.m.

    "When Gov Jindal tells his fellow Republicans they have to stop being "The Stupid Party" he is talking to you!" And you get your news from Chris Matthews and MSNBC??? Now who's stupid?

  • TiminNCisBack Mar 1, 6:46 p.m.

    One of the lead stories on WRAL was the 85Million dollar cut that may come to the military communities which include NC. You fail to mention as part of the story we have a new Sec of State being John Kerry. We as NC citizens including the military face a good part of such said cuts but on ONE of his stops on his first trips he gives away 60million in aid. Anybody else here see a problem?

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