Local Politics

Pollster: Obama backlash could hurt N.C. Dems

Posted July 13, 2010 3:32 p.m. EDT

— Voter animosity toward President Barack Obama could give Republicans control of the General Assembly in November, a polling organization said Tuesday.

Public Policy Polling, which often conducts surveys on behalf of Democratic candidates, said a recent statewide survey shows that voters who are unhappy with Obama's policies and political agenda are planning to vote Republican in state races this fall by an 80 to 6 percent margin.

The PPP poll also shows that the president's approval rating statewide is 46 percent, while 50 percent of respondents said they disapprove of his performance in office.

The combination gives Republicans a 45 to 42 percent advantage on a generic legislative ballot, PPP Director Tom Jensen said.

"Democrats are going to be in big trouble this year if voters can't separate their feelings about Barack Obama from their legislative votes," Jensen said in a statement.

He noted, however, that the elections are still more than three months away, so the political landscape could change.