WRAL News poll: Widespread dissatisfaction for incumbent politicians

Posted March 20, 2014

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan speaks about the extension of federal unemployment benfits on Jan. 6, 2014, at the Sanford Federal Building in Raleigh.

— North Carolina voters give little love to incumbent politicians, from President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill to Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly, according to a WRAL News poll released Thursday.

SurveyUSA polled 1,885 registered voters statewide Monday through Wednesday, and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

Although only 39 percent of respondents said they approve of Obama's job performance, that was the highest rating for any politician covered in the poll. Fifty-four percent of those polled said they disapprove of the job the president has done.

McCrory and U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan all got a thumbs-up from 34 percent of those polled. Hagan had the biggest disapproval score among the three at 54 percent, compared with 51 percent for McCrory and 41 percent for Burr.

Hagan is the only one of the four facing re-election this year.

Voters gave the North Carolina General Assembly the worst reviews of all, with 57 percent disapproving of the job state lawmakers are doing and only 26 percent approving. All 170 seats are up for election this year, although incumbents in many races face no opposition.


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  • Redeker Mar 21, 2014

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    I dare say your job as a citizen is to know who represents you.

  • outhousecat Mar 21, 2014

    They all need to go. Every last crooked one of them. Democrats. Republicans. Obama. All of them.

    But when they give us no or ridiculous opponents, what are we supposed to do? I mean, Clay Aiken? Is that the best NC can do? John Edwards? The entire VIP wing up at the federal prison in Butner? And maybe Sarah Palin can run again. Jeez, this makes me sick when I think about the talented, qualified people that could turn our country around, but don't stand a chance of winning because of the circus that our political system has become.

  • dennis8 Mar 21, 2014

    So people are surprised and upset that the GOP ran on jobs, jobs, jobs but have been fixated on women's breasts, cutting taxes for the upper crust, and gutting environmental regulations? This state got exactly what they voted for.

  • earnyourownway Mar 21, 2014

    McCrory and his buddies need to go. They have broken this state

    he maybe a disappointment, but the state has long been broken by the democrats. man has had the job 15 months.

  • Carol Smith Mar 21, 2014
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    McCrory and his buddies need to go. They have broken this state.

  • jackaroe123 Mar 21, 2014

    This is how things have been trending on the national level since before the last election, too.

    Two things I take from it: 1, however unpopular President Obama may be in some quarters, stone-walling EVERYTHING he wants to accomplish isn't the right response; and 2, gerrymandering means nothing much is going to change despite such high levels of dissatisfaction b/c so many incumbents are running unopposed and are popular enough individually in the only district that matters for their reelection. That second one perpetuates the first one b/c if all an incumbent has to do is appease a rigged district, there is no incentive to work more amiably w/ others.

  • earnyourownway Mar 21, 2014

    ballots need to be marked as to who is the incumbent. that way we can keep them from a long career on the backs of taxpayers.