Elon, N.C. — It's tough to hold political office these days.
According to an Elon University Poll released Friday, approval ratings for President Barack Obama, Gov. Pat McCrory, Congress, the North Carolina General Assembly and U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan are all sliding.
Elon surveyed 681 registered voters statewide Nov. 15-18, and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.76 percentage points.
Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they approve of Obama's job performance, down from 47 percent in February. Meanwhile, 54 percent in the latest poll say the president is doing a poor job.
Only one in three of those surveyed gave McCrory a thumbs-up, compared with a 46 percent approval rating in April. More than 43 percent said in the latest poll that they dislike his job performance.
Congress recorded its lowest approval rating in the history of the Elon poll, at 8.2 percent, officials said, down from 14 percent just two months ago – before the two-week government shutdown. Almost 85 percent said in the latest poll that Congress is doing a bad job.
That poor showing has dragged Burr's and Hagan's numbers down.
Burr's approval has dropped from about 40 percent to 30 percent since April, and his disapproval number – 33 percent – is now higher than his approval. Hagan has seen less of a slide in her approval numbers, from 40 percent in April to 37 percent now, but her disapproval rating has jumped from about 32 percent to 43 percent.
State lawmakers fared a little better than their Capitol Hill counterparts, with a 31.7 percent approval rating. The rating was down from about 35 percent in April but has hovered in the low 30s for much of the year. Forty-seven percent of respondents gave the General Assembly a thumbs-down.