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80% of NC Residents are Unhappy with Congress, Elon Poll Finds

By Michelle Bliss

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Wilmington, NC – Results from a new Elon University poll released this week show that President Obama could have trouble winning North Carolina again in the 2012 election. WHQR's Michelle Bliss also reports that only 42 percent of those polled approve of the President's performance overall, while 51 percent disapprove.

Obama's disapproval rating is nothing compared to the 80 percent of those polled who are unhappy with Congress. Assistant Poll Director Mileah Cromer says that only 36 percent of state residents dislike the work of their own representatives, but most people disapprove of how Congress, as a whole, is doing its job.

"Especially when you have situations like this past summer where you have a lot of infighting between Democrats and Republicans over whether to raise the debt ceiling, and over the last year these constant kind of fears of a government shutdown. When they see this kind of infighting, they don't think Congress has their best interest at heart. What they think is happening is really selfish behavior among the elected officials."

The poll also surveyed how North Carolinians feel about their personal finances. 38 percent say they're worse off than they were a year ago and 44 percent say they are in the same situation. Only 18 percent say their finances have improved.

The poll surveyed nearly 600 state residents last week.

Check out the full poll results.

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