Local Politics

Poll: Voters in sour mood days before election

Posted October 29, 2010 1:56 p.m. EDT

— With the midterm election days away, voters continue to express antipathy toward incumbent politicians, according to a poll released Friday.

The Elon University Poll found that politicians from President Barack Obama to U.S. Sen. Richard Burr to Gov. Beverly Perdue have low approval ratings. The poll surveyed 515 people statewide Sunday through Wednesday, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Although most polls have Burr far ahead of Democratic challenger Elaine Marshall in his bid for a second six-year Senate term, 45 percent of the respondents to the Elon poll said it was time to vote him out of office. A third of those polled said Burr deserves to be re-elected.

Forty percent of those surveyed said they approve of Burr's performance in the Senate, compared with 32 percent who disapprove.

Sixty-three percent of respondents said they believe the country is on the wrong track, compared with 33 percent who say the country is headed in the right direction.

Respondents were evenly split on Obama's job performance, with 46 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving. Perdue's approval rating in the poll was 39 percent, compared with 48 percent who disapprove of her performance.

The ratings for Obama and Perdue prompted large numbers of respondents to say they would be more likely to vote Republican and less likely to vote Democrat in next Tuesday's election.

Almost three-fourths of those polled disapproved of Congress' job performance, compared with 22 percent who approve. When asked who would do the best job handling critical issues facing the U.S., about a third picked Obama, another third picked congressional Republicans, 14 percent picked congressional Democrats and 14 percent said none of them would.