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.