Elon poll finds low marks for everyone

Posted by Craig Jarvis on November 22, 2013 

Practically everybody in state and national office takes a beating in the latest Elon University poll – from President Obama’s health-care reform, to both senators from North Carolina, to the legislature and candidates aspiring to the U.S. Senate.

• More than half of those surveyed (54 percent) think the Affordable Care Act will make things worse in this state. That’s a four-point drop since September, amid widely reported problems with the federal website and policy cancellations.

• Gov. Pat McCrory’s approval rating is still going down: 33 percent approve of the job he is doing, which is a drop from 36 percent in September and 46 percent in April. He still has strong support among Republicans, but only 29 percent of independent voters give him the thumbs-up.

• Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan had a 44 percent disapproval rating and 37 percent approval. Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr had a 33 percent disapproval and 30 percent approval. Pollsters said Hagan and Burr suffered after the federal government shut-down.

Hagan had a lower “don’t know” rating (19 percent) than Burr (36 percent), and Elon says that reflects the fact she is running for re-election and so more voters have opinions about her.

• Not many know much about her Republican challengers yet, though: House Speaker Thom Tillis was recognized by 28 percent of respondents, 32 percent of whom view him unfavorably and 46 percent said they don’t know.

Rev. Mark Harris, a Charlotte minister, has only 17 percent name recognition, and Greg Brannon, a Cary doctor, has less than 10 percent name recognition.

• Congress suffered from the shutdown – from a nearly 14 percent approval in September to a little more than 8 percent now. North Carolina’s General Assembly fares better – not quite 32 percent said they approve of the job the legislature is doing.

• Support for voter identification dropped 5 points from September to 65 percent. Elon pollsters said it was the first time they found most Democrats and African-Americans oppose having to produce photo ID to vote. Elon found 62 percent of Democrats and 69 percent of African-Americans oppose the state’s new elections law.

A McClatchy-Marist poll in July found strong support for voter ID nationwide across party and racial lines – 83 percent of all adults polled.

The Elon poll was conducted of those with landlines and cell phones – a total of just 681 registered voters – from Nov. 15 to 18, with a margin of error of 3.76 points.

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